Why MK2 system can only be installed on some winch models?
It depends on the internal construction of each model. In some cases the body can be machined to support the upper plate of MK2 system, in others it is not possible and the system compatible is MK1.
Why the third speed is sacrificed with the MK2 system models with asterisks?
In some three-speed winches to install the MK2 system is necessary to cancel direct speed (which requires more effort). To keep the three operating speeds must opt for the MK1 system.
Does the grip on the retaining plate is sufficient if only retains the bottom of the rope?
The retaining plate includes a recessed metal blades that provide maximum grip out with different thicknesses. The strength of "bite" you get is equal or superior to modern self tailing winches (see video)
Does the new Octopus MK1 grip is reliable?
The only precaution is to fill the drum winch with rope turns. The growing pressure by turning, pushes up and secure the rope in the retaining plate. The higher the pressure, the stronger bite.
Can I use Octopus with different types and diameters ropes?
The Octopus system supports almost any type commonly used in nautical. Only some special types of out sleeve loose and fluffy jam can cause problems. The MK2 Octopus is adjusted in our factory for a single rope diameter, as indicated by the customer. The retaining plate design provides grip of various sizes (see video)
The Octopus systems are durable, require maintenance?
All components are manufactured on quality materials, 316 european stainless steel, aluminum, Delrin and require no maintenance. All parts are solid and oversized to withstand intensive use for many years. No wear because the friction of the parts is always against rope. High hardness Delrin heads resistant to UV rays. In areas where there is contact between dissimilar metals, we install insulation to prevent galvanic corrosion.
Are there any limitations for installation on any boat?
No, there are no limitations for installation.
What if my winches do not appear in the list of models?
There are a lot of brands and models of classic winches from different eras. In principle, any winch supports the MK1 system (except extremely large or small sizes). We constantly update the list with new models, if your winch doesn´t appear, send us a photo and approximate measures and we will confirm compatibility with either system.
My winches are cranky, is it worth restoring?
To restore the winches, we dismantle, clean them, remove the original anodized chrome, polish and go back to chrome (bronze winches) or anodizing (aluminum winches) with thick marine grade. Anodizing can be in black or silver color. With the restoration winches regain their original appearance.
What is the payment method?
We send our transport company to collect winches prepaid. Once received at our workshops, we installed the Octopus system and send the customer a picture of the finished winches, along with our bank account number. Immediately we get the payment confirmation Octopus plus freight, ship them to the customer's home ready for mounting on the deck.