About Our Vessel Brokerage Services
We offer a wide range of services for ship/marine vessel owners, charterers, shipyards, investors, and other maritime brokers. Our services range from ship & marine vessel brokerage; barge charter services; new, rebuilt, & used winch sales; and marine consulting & vessel appraisal services.
We are proud to boast an excellent track record for selling vessels, barges, and winches located in the USA and abroad. We accept exclusive and non-exclusive listings for inland and offshore marine vessels, barges, winches, and associated equipment. When you list your assets exclusively with us, you can feel confident that our strategically- targeted marketing plan will result in a sale.
In addition to personally alerting our professional contacts, we also list your assets with popular trade publications such as Boats & Harbors, The Waterways Journal, and Marine News. But our efforts don’t stop there. We also use blitz marketing, social media and email campaigns to ensure that your asset is visible to qualified potential buyers.
Our rates are reasonable and due only upon the sale of your marine vessel or marine equipment.
Getting to Know Winches
Getting to Know Winches and Hoists
Despite their common association with off-road vehicles, winches have broad uses in a variety of industries and fields. From bridge building and general construction to shipping and marine applications, winches can be tailor-made and customized to handle just about any job.
Many people still ask what a winch is, what types of winches can be purchased, and how winches are often used.
What is a Winch?
Winches are mechanical devices that pull or lift a load. A typical winch is comprised of a rope, cable, or chain wrapped around a rotating drum that is wound by a crank arm or motor. Simple winches are often found mounted to a vehicle to assist with moving vehicles through treacherous terrain.
Common Parts of a Winch
A Cable Wire
This is usually a steel cable or wire. It is used to attach the winch to the load and normally connects to a round center axel (called a “drum”) that is used to wind the wire or cable and prevent binding and/or entanglement.
The drum is a circular part that is attached to the cable and rotates to expel or withdraw the cable which is attached to the load.
The motor in a winch powers the rotation of the center drum to draw and expel the cable wire. Motors are very common to winches but are not necessary. A motor may be replaced by a hand-powered crank arm that performs the same function as the motor of rotating the center drum.
A Gear Train
The gears in a winch convert the work of the motor or the hand-powered crank to the rotation of the drum. They provide the mechanical advantage that lets winches lift heavy objects.
What Separates a Winch from a Hoist?
Typically, a winch pulls a load horizontally while a hoist lifts a load vertically. One major difference between winches and hoists has to do with the braking systems in the machine.
The common winch uses a dynamic braking system.
The common hoist uses a mechanical braking system.
With this said, there are some devices that are specifically designed to serve as both a winch and a hoist. In such instances, it is common for the device to have different capacities depending on the type of work being performed (winching or hoisting).
Different Kinds of Winches
Air winches typically handle loads up to 10 tonnes.
Base Mount Winches
Base mount winches typically handle loads between 500kg and 300 tonnes.
Hydraulic winches typically handle loads between 500kg and 300 tonnes.
Cable Pulling Winches
Cable pulling winches typically have capacities up to 10 tonnes.
Winches can be configured in a variety of ways such as:
Diesel with a torque converter, with or without a multispeed transmission;
Electric direct drive or electric over hydraulic;
Hydraulic spud winches.
What Kind of Companies or Industries Use Winches?
Winches are common in many industries. Winches have seen uses in manufacturing, construction, and shipping for hundreds of years. Winches are very commonly used in offshore rigs and shipyard equipment.
Benefits of Winches
It is important to pick the right tool for the job. There are many types of winches but some common advantages exist between them. Winches typically use dynamic brakes that make them a good candidate for moving loads that need smooth, consistent force applied.
Winches can help increase performance and productivity. Repeatedly lifting heavy objects inevitably reduces performance and slows productivity. A motorized winch relieves this stress.
Custom Winches or Hoists
We can handle just about any request when it comes to custom hoists or winches. Contact us today to learn more about what we can do for you!
Our Services - About M.B. Barge Company HOSS Winch Division
The HOSS Winch Division of M.B. Barge Company works with winches through new builds, refurbishments, and resales. The Company primarily works with marine winches, tow winches, or spud winches.