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Who fabricates the ABI windlass?

Do you know who fabricates the parts for and assembles the ABI windlass (information available at www . abimarine . com / AnchoringDocking / pages / 200012 . htm [sorry to break the URL, but I don't have enough postings on this site yet to post a URL])? Have the sources changed much over the last 10 years or so? In other words, has this historically solid windlass succumbed to the "China Syndrome"?

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Just bought some ABI Vents... Seem pretty solid to me. Well made.
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I received no reply to an email inquiry at ABI. I just bought a windlass. The bar code label on it prominently states "CHINA"; no other documentation was included. Just about all the internal "stainless steel" components are accessible through its base, and fishing around with a magnet reveals no ferromagnetic components other than two exterior bolts. China's general reputation for wretched quality is richly deserved, but, so far, this windlass seems to be OK. A caution: ABI's catalog numbers for a wildcat for 5/16" High Test may be screwed up. In any event, I ordered such a wildcat but received one with "3/8" HT" stamped on it that did not fit new ACCO G-40 chain still in the manufacturer's drum (i.e., probably not another badly executed Chinese counterfeit!).
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What did that windlass cost ? Almost to pretty to use.

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I got one for $1605, but that was immediately before a price increase (falling US dollar?) Check out marinemailorder . com and sailboatstuff . com. When I was looking I found online quotes ranging from $1579 to over $3000 for the same catalog number, so it pays to shop around. It is, indeed, pretty, but I suspect one season of good use will take care of that! It does seem well built - no plastic bearings, rotting aluminum castings, etc.
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