The WHOI Shipboard Scientific Services Group (SSSG) attempts to make its portable winches available to users of WHOI vessels free of charge. This is only possible if use of an available winch is requested far enough in advance to allow associated costs to be included in the SSSG operational budget. Furthermore, the intended use must be “normal and expected” -- the SSSG budget will not include costs for items such as modifications for special cables or the addition of non-standard level winding hardware. Finally, because of the size and weight of these systems, it may not be possible for the SSSG program to absorb shipping expeses, particularly when schedule changes occur during the operational year. If the requirement is known in advance, the technical support budget can be expected to include reasonable shipping support but investigators are advised to plan on providing assistance.