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Lewmar Lofrans Maxwell -Oh My -What Windlass to Buy
Need help determining which windlass to buy. Is there a winch I need to avoid? Is there a winch that is a great deal and good quality? Not much info on the net on windlass reviews. Anyone see a review of current offerings? Seems there is a lot of very new product.
My 30 year old windlass (Simpson Lawrence) did not survive the removal process. Boat -36,000 lb. (unloaded) 81 Norseman 447 (45 ft.). Will be on several year extended sail. Specs needed are vertical windlass with capstan for rope.
Market seems plastered with many offerings from each vendor esp. Lewmar with many models overlapping.
I’ve done my homework. Chain is shot too so replacing with 300 feet 3/8 G4. Likely will hook to 88 lb. Spade with my current 66 lb. Bruce as backup. That means all-out weight of my gear will be appx. 550 lbs. I believe I should get a working load of appx. 800-1,000 lbs and max pull of near 2,000 lbs. or so.
I am a solo sailor. It would be very nice to have ‘power down’ option but I can deal without. Whatever windlass I end up with I will invent or buy a remote. People point and laugh “look at that guy running on his deck”….
My current choices are Lofrans, Maxwell, Lewmar, Quick.
I am just baffled by the current market of windlasses. Would love to hear the “current collective wisdom” of what is good and bad. There has to be a standout that is not a fortune. Help much appreciated!