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Old 12-13-2011
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Quoting only part of OP.

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"Electric windlasses are expensive, and when they die, they seize making the manual backup feature useless. best to stick with the manual"
Is that really the case ? Windlass on our old girl rolled over and went to windlass nirvana but the manual overide was always functional albeit clumsy. (In fact I found it preferable to use a sheet winch but thats another story.)

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Wouldn't it be nice if I had my manual windlass, but an electric motor that was separate (and detachable)
Electric motor was (relatively) easy to remove. It was held in place by, from memory, four bolts, maybe six. I'd have thought that if anything was going to seize in a windlass it would be the non electrical components.

To clarify ... ours was a through deck model so the motor was accessible from a locker in the forecabin. Our new girl has an ondeck type, though it is mounted inside the anchor well. I've not looked at access to motor on this.
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