Been using the winch for 5 seasons.
I got idea from taking to other folks and help/input for Pa.Mink, Snappy and Dean S.
Get'n ole and don't have the hand strength to pull Coyotes or ole Boar Coon.
Coons today... a 24 lb., 22 lb. and 21.5
Hern, I am like you,getting old and bad hands. I like your idea but don't quite understand how it works. I have a boat ratchet I want to use but where do I mount it? Is the boat ratchet cable hooked on the chain between the clamped coon and floor fastener? Or is the puller hooked direct to the chain and run thru a roller so it pulls straight down?
I also built one of these for deer. Have a winch on both sides of skinnin shed. One side runs up to a shive mounted from ceiling and the other runs through a shive mounted on floor. One pulls the deer up while the other pulls the hide down and off. Works great.
ole beaver, Mount boat winch on sidewall pole (in pole shed). Run cable to highest point (thur pullys, or eyelets). Then cable is lowered to place where you want to skin. Place anchor in floor to hold hide (and vice-grips) in place. I welded chain to my vice-grips and welded washers to each jaw for larger grip.
Adjust above method to fit your needs.
Critters peel like a banana.
Here's a link with a crank winch. Neat set up. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaeLsUl-Ni8