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Hi everyone - I just bought a CAL 39 and I'm preparing to live aboard when I take delivery in 10 days. The boat has a manual windlass now. I'd like to go to an electric.

Does anyone have an opinion, or experience with the optimums and pessimums of vertical arrangement vs horizontal?

Thanks for your time and expertise.

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I've used both and my preference is a horizontal with a gypsy and a wildcat. Our ketch has Lighthouse 1501 and is damn fine. If you want low profile then one would have to go vertical.
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Re: Windlasses

Thanks for your input. Your experience and time is most appreciated.
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Re: Windlasses

I also like Horizontal but agreed that Vertical is obviously less obtrusive. We have just installed a Loftrans Tigres and are very happy with it.
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Re: Windlasses

Hmmm. These 2 posts seem to contradict each other. I was curious myself about the benefits of a vertical vs horizontal windlass. We have a vertical one and are very happy but was curious about the differences with the horizontal.

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Re: Windlasses

The differences are reasonably small. Which fits the best is biggest factor. Pay attention to minimum chain fall which is often different depending on if ver/ horizontal.

Horizontal looks uglier and gets in the way more, but the a motor is better protected from salt water, but with a bit of ingenuity you can do the same for a vertical windlass.
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Hmmm. These 2 posts seem to contradict each other. I was curious myself about the benefits of a vertical vs horizontal windlass. We have a vertical one and are very happy but was curious about the differences with the horizontal.

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Hi everyone - I just bought a CAL 39 and I'm preparing to live aboard when I take delivery in 10 days. The boat has a manual windlass now. I'd like to go to an electric.

Does anyone have an opinion, or experience with the optimums and pessimums of vertical arrangement vs horizontal?

Thanks for your time and expertise.

Mark
After suffering an injury that left me with only partial use of my left arm, I decided to replace our SL555 Manual Windlass with an electric. After rather more research than necessary, I went with a Maxwell VC 1500 with a capstan. Among other advantages, a vertical axis windlass mounted on the centerline will service bow rollers on either side of the headstay and the capstan can be used to haul lines from any direction and we have used purs in such manner. One addition we made was a wireless controller that allows me to launch and retrieve our anchor from anywhere on the boat, from the cockpit to the bow. This has proven a real advantage.

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Re: Windlasses

I fitted a Lofrans Tigres for the same reason as the OP.

Very happy with it but less so with the footswitches. MTBF 11 months.
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Re: Windlasses

Also consider how the vertical windlass motor will require a big hole in the deck and stick down into your chain locker. I'd like the Lofrans Tigres too, but the SL 555 manual and my back are still working.....

Wonder what's causing the foot switches to fail so early?
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