What are the origins of the Word Windlass with regard to the sailing winch?
A windlass is a type of winch, fitted with a wildcat for hauling
chain, and/or a gypsy for rope. Windlasses have horizontal drums or
wheels for handling heavy anchor chains, hawsers, etc.
From what I can tell, it comes from the Old Norse for winding
things around a pole: Vin and ass.