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Manual Windlasses

I'm interested in upgrading our old horizontal manual windlass, and am wondering if manual windlasses are still being manufactured. So far, I'm not having much luck. The windlasses in West Marine's catalogue and on their web site are all electric. Ditto for a few of our local vendors. Does anyone have any info?

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Lofrans makes a small manual windlass. I have no idea how good it is.
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Unfortunately, most manufacturers have discontinued their manual windlasses. The one I have on my boat is an Anchorman, originally by S&L but sold and then discontinued by Lewmar right after buying out S&L.
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I'm surprised to hear this, but I am aware that they're not selling. My SL SeaTiger has served my well for many years. I've always thought the energy I expend with my manual windlass as a nominal replacement for a far more expensive gym membership. I never mind cranking up a couple hundred feet of chain and anchor and I do not like to be dependant on 12V DC power. There are many times when we enjoy getting underway without the use of the auxiliary engine. My horizontal windlass excells, but what about the back up features on all these power windlasses? Do they function well when you apply the manual handle for the event without power? If they are designed to be just as efficient with the manual use; then, I would not be too concerned. Can an electric windlass function by it's manal option as well as the designated manual units? Take care and joy, Aythya crew
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Watch ebay, good ones come up from time to time. There's a Goiot 309 there now for $1000. I don't know the model, but that seems high.
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I've always thought the energy I expend with my manual windlass as a nominal replacement for a far more expensive gym membership. I never mind cranking up a couple hundred feet of chain and anchor and I do not like to be dependant on 12V DC power.
Yes, the more research I do, the more I realize that this will be a great chance to develop my upper body strength.

I also share your "mistrust" of electric windlasses. One of my dock buddies went to a lot of trouble to install one. He recently told me that if he had to do it all over again, he would go manual instead.

Meanwhile, thanks to everyone for comments. This remains a work in progress.
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It looks like Vetus has a manual windlass too (VETUS MANUAL URSUS WINDLASS); about the same size/power as the Lofrans Royal (Lofrans' Royal).

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