Picture of Homemade Wakeboard, Wakeskate Winch From BeachWinches.com
Here is a simple wakeboard, wakeskate winch that you can bring anywhere. Ride your wakeboard or wakeskate places a boat can not go. This is a very exciting project and for more info about beach winches go to http://www.beachwinches.com
You can use this winch for wakeboarding, wakeskating, skimboarding, snowboarding, etc. so this one winch is a very verstile machine.

Here is a short video describing what a beach winch is.

Step 1: First the Spool

Picture of First the Spool
First I built the spool

Here is my spool. I do cnc machining so I cut my spool walls out of heavy duty plastic. I am confident it will work just fine because i've seen it used before. If it doesnt work I will replace it with steel walls.
1/2 all thread.
1/2" galvenized pipe.
ny-lock nuts. 
Go Kart hubs.
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Allonsy4 years ago
this is awesome. and i havnt even read it yet.
AdamF1417 days ago
ekrechowiecki made it!19 days ago
made mine today haven't tried it yet but she should be fun
Mr Gollahon (author)  ekrechowiecki19 days ago
Awesome looking winch you got there! If you want to upgrade later to a torque converter then look at eBay as they have the best deals. Thanks for posting!

Hello, can you say what is thickness of rope ?

look for 2.5mm Dyneema

What size motor do you use? Is a 5hp two stroke big enough? It is from a pressure washer

i used a 6.5 and could maybe do with a bit more. it does the trick tho

Also what would happen if you didn't use any sort of torque converter and just ran a chain straight from the shaft coming out of the engine?
sawzallninja made it!11 months ago

My Son loves this thing, he uses it for long boarding right now.we are going to try a pond soon, I used a torque converter set up, so I had to change just a few things.anyway, thank you very much for the post and who knew? I can weld!

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Mr Gollahon (author)  sawzallninja11 months ago
Awesome Winch! Like the wheels and paint job.

Get out there are rip it up! :)
cole.tallerman11 months ago

I love the simplicity of this design. Just a few questions about it:

1: what is the inner diameter of the spool?

2: I read in the comments that it pulls at 20 mph. If I geared it to go 30 (I can calculate the ratio) would it be strong enough to wakeboard? I will be using a torque converter.


Mr Gollahon (author)  cole.tallerman11 months ago
Thank you for your comment!

1. 8 inches

2. Depends on the weight of your rider. If you 200+ then you might be pushing it. If you truly want more speed then get a 11-13HP engine and take out the governor that caps your speed. Just as a warning though you will not be able to use your engine without the governor except your winch. Long reving of the engine might damage it. But for short winch runs you should be fine.
sawzallninja made it!11 months ago

My Son loves this thing, he uses it for long boarding right now.we are going to try a pond soon, I used a torque converter set up, so I had to change just a few things.anyway, thank you very much for the post and who knew? I can weld!

j_hagen_971 year ago

awesome! thats such an awesome idea, I really want to see a video of it in action!

CHAOSSWM1 year ago
I'm a professional snowboard cinematographer and I was telling one of my riders that I was going to build a winch and he said to make sure it had a brake so the line doesn't come back and hit the guy running the winch. How do I add a winch to my design.
florman3 years ago
I was just wondering if there was a way to make it continues.
You would prolly need to make a rope tow.
So easy!!
would it work if you used a old rim off a car (probably very small one) as the spool?
ThomasSmith4 years ago
One more question, what was the total width of your spool walls? I found one that has a width of 15 inches. Would this be too big to fit into your frame?
Mr Gollahon (author)  ThomasSmith4 years ago
Sorry misread the question...if the "height" of the side walls for the spool that is fine. The overall width of the spool should not be over 8 inches.
Mr Gollahon (author)  ThomasSmith4 years ago
The width of the spools in this instructable is 8 inches. The height of the side walls is 15 inches. A 15 in width seems a little excessive. You only need at most 8 in for the width. Take a look at our new spools here: http://beachwinches.storenvy.com/collections/7287-spools
These are a higher quality spool which you need. The spool is one of the hardest things to build because it has to take a beating and not break under pressure.
ThomasSmith4 years ago
I am currently buiding your winch and following your design and I have just about everything except the sprocket. I was wondering if you could help me find the sprocket you used?
Mr Gollahon (author)  ThomasSmith4 years ago
Thanks for your comment! The sprocket I used is a 60 tooth sprocket from NorthernTool.com. They have a good variety of sprockets. The gear ratio I have is 1:5 and hauls me (200 lbs) roughly 20+ mph on a skim board at full throttle. When you are done post your winch on these comments. Keep winchin!
fatty_inc4 years ago
Why did you start with centerifugal clutch? I am trying to figure out if I want to get the tav 2 clutch or the one you used. What are the main differences.
Mr Gollahon (author)  fatty_inc4 years ago
Starting with a centrifugal clutch for your winch build is a cheap alternative to get your winch up and running. Use a centrifugal clutch if you want to use your winch to skimboarding or snowboarding. But if your want more power so you winch is more versatile so you can wakeboard or wakeskate then go with the tav 2 clutch. Check out our website for more information http://beachwinches.com/TCvsCC.aspx
mdoucet4 years ago
where do you get the bolt on bearing holders...the green things
lrobson4 years ago
hi mate your winch is a good idear just wondering if you could help me where did you get your middle hubs from ? i have made this winch up and is stead of making a spool i done one out of a cr rim and put metal around the out side to make my spool did not work ever well so i am going to do it propley and folow your desin.
Mr Gollahon (author)  lrobson4 years ago
Hi Irobson, thanks for the comment! Check out our website http://www.beachwinches.com for this winch plan and a few extra plans too. We have a store filled with most your winch parts including winch hubs. The website will help guide you through the building process. Hope this helps. Thanks.
benthekahn4 years ago
I finished mine today. It pulled a skier on grass for about 50 feet before the connecting link broke. I welded the chain, so it should be good for a while now.
bazery4 years ago
Quick question about the hubs, do the hubs have a groove to lock into or do they have a screw against the bar.
If there is a slot how does if fit the pillow block.
I think if i could see more pics of the shaft and the hubs on the shaft I would understand.

I'm in the process of building the frame, spool is the next project.
Great ible by the way
Mr Gollahon (author)  bazery4 years ago
The most common hub used in winches is the go kart hub. Most of these hubs have keyways and locknuts all ready in. For a winch that will be pulling people on it what I would do is drill a small hole all the way through both the hub and the shaft and place a locking bolt through both to give you the best way to attach your hub.
Congrats on building your winch! Please share your pictures on here for others!
electro4 years ago
How about having a collar on the rope at a set distance from the end. When the collar enters a hinged split tube that is slightly narrower than the collar it activates a kill switch for the engine. That way there wont be any mishaps when the operator get too carried away spectating and the handle gets jammed on the spool !!
Mr Gollahon (author) 4 years ago
I have another winch plan that I can easily put on here. Plan on putting it on later this year so subscribe to me to be the first to be notified. The picture is a preview. Thanks to everyones comments!
richiendn4 years ago
TC2 1002 Replaces Comet 218353A TAV2 30-75 Torq-A-Verter which is no longer manufactured.

TeamSlash4 years ago
I am going to use this to Paraglide with... Static line towing sweet!
I hope you know what you are doing. AFAIK this type of winch is not suitable for paragliders and it would be very, very dangerous.
mikejs4 years ago
This is fantastic. I've been contemplating a DIY build like this for a while, thank you for putting together the instructions.

Any sense on what the speed is for the winch?
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