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Sun Magic 44 - Windlass upgrade

The following project and photographs by Kjetil Hagland were originally detailed on the

Jeanneau Sailboat Owners FaceBook Group.


Hi all Jeanneau sailboat owners. I would like to share some upgrades I have made to my Sun Magic 44, 1990 mod. S/Y Havbris, NOR 8855. It is a very good boat. Solid and trustworthy in heavy weather.


One problem with the original design is that the windlass is located in the aft part of the chain locker. The drop height for the chain has always been too low. I have been sitting on my knees shuffling the chain forward with my left hand when hauling in. After 15 years I was fed up and decided to make a change last winter.


The chain locker is quite deep in the forward part. I tried to find a solution moving my existing horizontal Lofrans windlass further forward in the locker. Could not find good geometry for chain routing from the bow roller. Hence some more drastic measures were called for. The pictures attached is probably self explanatory.


But in short, I cut the hatch in two and installed a permanent deck in the forward part. Under deck transverse beams where made and attached to the hull sides by epoxy and glass fiber. The deck is a combination of high quality plywood (up to 60 mm thick and fully sealed with epoxy) and teak on top by West System method.


Deck glued and secured with bolts. I replaced the old windlass and installed a new Lofrans Project 1000 vertical type winch.


The drop height for the chain is now very good. Radio remote controller works well also from the cockpit.


I have probably spent 250-300 hours on this modification. There are just hundreds of small and large tasks.


Kjetil Hagland - Sun Magic 44 - S/Y Havbris, Norway


The above project and photographs were originally detailed on the Jeanneau Sailboat Owners FaceBook Group.