Is roller bearing.
I discovered this anchor fairlead today at our local second hand boat parts place. You can tell the quality and if there is one thing I particularly appreciate , itís a good casting and design. This one is actually a Murray fairlead and itís designed to sit up over the toe rail to starboard. Probably for a particular type of boat but easily adapted with a packer or a cut out or two to fit most .
I hoped that it would be what it is and that is a roller bearing fairlead. Because itís never been used it was dry and I couldnít tell. It was oxidised and I just gave it a quick buff up and pulled it apart to look at the axle.Iím not so sure about the asymetrical wheel on it but I expect it would work fine..
This is a pet subject of mine. ďBack in those days ď when electric capstans were unreliable and heavy ( or non existent) The designers of such fittings made it easy to do a job. Our own fairlead on our boat is a bigger version of this one and many times over the years Iíve noticed that my friends struggle away with significantly lighter gear on their 30footers when Kirsty or I can haul up our anchor and chain tout suite..Our boat would be literally twice as heavy and yet we have little trouble. Why?. ROLLER BEARING.
Itís an idea worth incorporating( which is why I post this.)
The other fitting is a good score. They come up from time to time. Itís Jib fairlead .A pattern typical of an early NZ yacht from the same period as Waione.. Edwardian.
They can be an utter pain because to alter the set of the jib you have to move the jib up and down rather than moving a car like weíre all used to. The way it works is the jib sheet is spliced around the neck of the fairlead. Then it goes up through a small block on a pendant attached to the clew and back down through the fairlead proper. For numerous reasons, I donít do that but itís nice to have the proper period fitting.
[ 10-13-2003, 11:50 PM: Message edited by: John B ]