Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
Join Date: May 2006
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I have a Quick Antares windlass that I installed in St Martin last spring. Brought the boat to Florida for the summer and came back to get the boat ready for launch only to find that the solenoid had croaked. I took the solenoid apart and found that one of the tiny springs that it relies on had completely disintegrated from corrosion. (For background), the solenoid is mounted high on the bulkhead where the chain comes into the boat but is well away from any salt water, although the environment would be damp - it is a boat after all, and the solenoid was used for less than 3 months.).
Anyway, I thought this would be covered by the 3 year warranty. I contacted the US office of Quick and was told that this was 'damage' whatever that means and not covered by the warranty. To add insult to injury, the Antares now comes with a new solenoid, that they advertise strongly as being waterproof - so they know perfectly well that the one that they had before was a problem.
The windlass itself seems very good and the price was right, but with customer service like this I would suggest you look elsewhere. BTW, Quick also produces Lofrans and I have been told that the Lofrans brand may disappear and the units will become Quick.
After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.