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ski_uw 09-24-2013 09:32 PM

UW-Madison Senior Design Project - Ski Rope Winder

We are a group of students at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. For our mechanical engineering senior design project, we are creating a new product that will make ski rope retrieval, storage, and deployment easier, faster, and more organized. This device will minimize effort needed to retrieve the rope while reducing the chance of knots and entanglement.

We need some feedback regarding interest in the product and to help guide some design aspects. We would really appreciate it if you could take a minute to fill out the following survey:

Please feel free to comment below with any questions or features that you would like to see incorporated.


MC25 09-24-2013 10:33 PM

done. good luck!

FrankSchwab 09-24-2013 11:22 PM

I'd love a 12V operated lunchbox that handles three ropes, and winds a line in 10-15 seconds. I imagine something where I attach the loop at the end of the rope to a hook on spool, push a button, and whirrrrrr, rope winds up. The other end loop gets attached to a stationary hook on the machine, I bump the winch to put a little tension on the rope, and the spool locks so the rope doesn't unwind while on the lake or bouncing down the road. When I'm ready to use the rope, I unlock the spool, pull out the rope (perhaps the skier in water is pulling), I pull the loop off the hook and attach it to the pylon.

A thread here from 2005 has a couple of dead links to automatic winders (see post #14). Perhaps the Wayback machine has a archive of those links to give you some ideas.

Kell 09-24-2013 11:27 PM

Done. Good luck with the project.

thatsmrmastercraft 09-24-2013 11:39 PM

Welcome to Team Talk. This sounds like a great project. Keep us posted on your progress. There is also a poll feature available in this forum which you may choose to utilize as you run into more questions. And don't hesitate to throw questions at us. This place is full of opinions.............some even valuable.:rolleyes:

Survey completed.

Skyskiguy 09-25-2013 12:21 AM


chrislandy 09-25-2013 06:29 AM

Done, good luck with the project :)

bturner2 09-25-2013 06:49 AM

Another one done

_fng_ 09-25-2013 07:10 AM

Done, good luck. On Wisconsin! Just throwing out ideas, an adjustable line length feature would be nice for adjustments for wakeboarding without making a new loop.

LaRue 09-25-2013 07:17 AM

Done. Appreciate you asking for our input!

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