Boat lift cable winders protect your cable by wrapping it neatly into machined grooves. Cable winders, also known as cable savers, are designed to help the cable maintain its shape while under load on the pipe and help prevent the cable from wrapping on itself, which reduces wear and fraying of the cable. The grooves are very shallow and only intended to cradle the lower section of the cable. These boat lift cable winders are made from aluminum and are corrosion-resistant.
Generally, there are only two types of cable winders, two-direction cable winders and single-direction cable winders. Many boathouse lifts use a single pipe to wrap cable on, so the cable extends in both directions from the pipe and wraps in both directions. These types of lifts require a two-directional cable winder. Lifts such as 4-piling lifts with two individual pipes use a single-direction cable winder.
The Dual Direction cable winder is a solid design that slides over your drive pipe. The Dual-Direction Split cable winder comes in two pieces for mounting to existing boat lifts.
- Easy Installation: Installing the solid cable winder requires removing the drive pipe from the hoist and sliding it into place. On the other hand, the split cable winder can be installed before or after the drive pipe is installed on the boat hoist, providing flexibility during installation.
- Cable Maintenance: Also known as cable savers, the cable winders are designed to help the cable maintain its shape while under load on the pipe. The shallow grooves of the winders are intended to cradle the lower part of the cable, ensuring its durability and longevity.
- Compatibility: The dual-direction cable winders are compatible with boat lifts that have center-mounted drive pipes, including boat house-style lifts. They can also be used with lifts that have one pipe on the side, using (4) pulleys or (2) pulleys on each side.
- Cable Capacity: The cable winders can accommodate up to 5/16 in. thick 7 x 19 boat lift cable. Each side of the winder has a 16 ft. cable winding split into (2) 7 ft. sections, allowing for a total cable length of 28 ft. The winders can hold 19 wraps of cable per side, providing secure cable management.
- Durable Construction: Crafted from 6061-T6 US aluminum, these cable winders are built to withstand the demanding marine environment. The material ensures strength, corrosion resistance, and long-lasting performance, ensuring your boat lift operates smoothly.
- Design and Dimensions: The dual-direction cable winders have a length of 16 in., width and height of 2.875 in. (2 7/8 in.), and a weight of 2.4 lbs. They feature a cable hole size of 0.375 in. (3/8 in.) with two cable holes placed in the center. The cable groove measures 0.28125 in. (9/32 in.), providing a secure fit for the cable.
- Mounting Hardware: The cable winders come with stainless steel mounting bolts, nuts, and washers for easy and secure installation. The package includes two bolts with a width of 0.3125 in. (5/16 in.) and a length of 3.25 in. (3 1/4 in.), along with two nuts and washers of the same size.
Cable winders increase the outside diameter of the drive pipe and will reduce the rated lift capacity of your hoist and motor by 20%.
**Please note that the pipe is measured by inside diameter.