For a Sea-Bird CTD used with one of our Deck Units (SBE 11plus, SBE 33, or SBE 36), the electrical requirements of the armored cable are simple. Only one conductor is required (the armor is used as ground) and the total 2-way resistance (conductor plus armor) should be under 350 ohms. The mechanical requirements are most driven by the characteristics of the winch and weight of the payload to be lifted. The winch should have a level wind device which is either adjustable or pre-designed to lay the correct number of wraps across the drum, as determined by the cable diameter and drum width. The winch must also be equipped with a slip ring (rotating contact) assembly (at least 2 channels). A cable breaking strength of at least 5 to 7 times the maximum payload weight is recommended for safety and cable longevity. The cable must also be terminated both mechanically and electrically at the underwater (instrument) end. Cable termination (mechanical) at the winch drum is usually addressed by the winch maker. The cable is terminated electrically to the slip ring per the slip ring manufacturer’s specification.
Sea-Bird is not expert in winch and deck gear and cannot recommend a block and A-frame. From past experience and with knowledge of what other customers use, we can point out sources for typical cable solutions, and cable terminations suppliers. For links to suppliers of winches, cable, and cable termination hardware, see Third Party Equipment.