Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Riverside, California
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I have a Lighthouse windlass. It's a brute. It does have a 2 speed manual function. One is on top and has, I think a 60:1 ratio which would be slow but powerfull (ment for kledging). The other in at the end of each capstan/gypsy, don't know it's ratio. A winch handle will fit but you nee a ratching handle for the gypsy--they sell one at a very good price.
I installed my unit with the optional power down function. I don't think I would opt for that again. The power down is too slow to deploy the anchor from the cockpit,it is ok to let it out once its down. It's best to go forward loosen the clutch and let the anchor and chain go at a med speed. You can also have it setup anyway you want. Mine is setup with one chain gypsy and one capstain but the can make it anyway you want.
It is expensive. I saved a bunch of $ by having a dealer order then I picked it up from the factory saving shipping costs.
One good thing is the company will totally rebuild the unit to as new condition for 25% of cost of a new one. While at the factory I saw a 20 year old unit that was used on a commerical boat in for rebuild.
FWY I have no intrest in the company, just a happy customer.