>>> Handbook of Oceanographic Winch, Wire and Cable Technology


This is a work aimed at oceanographic and commercial realms describing various winch and cable issues and standards. Wire termination, winch designs, lubrication issues… there’s a lot here. It was paid for by grants from the National Science Foundation and the Office of Naval Research. If you’re doing rigging (and if you’re dealing with a boat, you will be somewhere) you may very well find some good information here.


This Winch and Wire Handbook has been prepared for the ship operator, engineer, scientist and technician who is involved in the use, and reliance upon, the various combinations of winches, wires and cables found within the oceanographic and commercial communities. This third edition is an update of the previous edition and is an outgrowth of a Winch and Wire Symposium held at the Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research in New Orleans, Louisiana on 30 November and 1 December 1999. Several of the authors of the original handbook were speakers at this symposium. All fourteen of the original chapters have been reviewed and updated for this third edition. Two chapters have been removed and partially incorporated into other chapters. Several chapters remain with no changes. The index has been reduced and streamlined. The chapters remaining in this third edition were originally written and subsequently reviewed and updated by recognized authorities in their respective fields. The editing has been limited to providing continuity of material without altering the individual author’s content or style.

The first edition of this handbook had its beginnings in late 1981 as a result of conversations with ship users. As a result, it became increasingly clear that some consolidated approach to the handling and understanding of both deck machinery and wires used at sea by the oceanographic community was required. The success of the first edition combined with the appearance of new cable types, which were applicable to deep ocean use, prompted the writing of a second revised edition, published in 1991. Alan Driscoll of the University of Rhode Island, edited the original publication and the first edition. This third edition became necessary because of the continued changing of technology and the need to reprint the manual due to an exhausted supply of copies. Chapters 3,4,6,10 and 11 underwent major rewrites. Chapters 1 and 9 remain as published in the second edition. Chapters 12 and 13 have been removed since much of the subject matter has been covered in other chapters. The remaining chapters have received minor updated changes.