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About the propane tanks, the new valves can be purchased separately. I have done that for a couple of old Al tanks that I have. But the valves in the picture look like the new ones.
About the windlass. My guess is that someone used the rope drum to haul chain, instead of using the chain gypsy at the bottom. I am also guessing that the drum is aluminum and the chain did a number on it. I think all the newer Lofrans are chrome/bronze. The Lofrans is a top quality unit, make sure they replace it with at least equivalent quality.
P.S. The Al tanks will pretty quickly develop corrosion like in the picture if they get salt water on them and it is not rinsed off. They might well be only 4-5 yrs old. Charter boats get mistreated pretty badly.
Last edited by gc; 10-14-2006 at 04:49 PM.