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...WEIGHT is a consideration. My boat displaces over 16,000 which I believe is 50% more than your speedy C&C... and cant take a bit more weight in the bow.
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Nope I’m 12,800 lbs on the last lift out on the travel lift. Not as light as you think. ���������� just fast����������
Not that this is a competition, but my boat weighs in at 30,000 pounds, so HA!
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Manual
Ive used these and they are robust and easy to use and install, I would recommend.
Lofrans- Royalhttps://www.p2marine.com/lofrans-royal-windlass-anodized-manual?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIjKn5hOq-6QIViJyzCh0R_QRYEAQYByABEgJ2JfD_BwE

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All good many variations . Some have no free fall, some have no manual retrieval, different power - do not skimp here.


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Re: choice of manual windlass

I've got a Simpson Lawrence Horizon 600 electric windlass, controlled by foot switches. Though pretty old, it works well. Chain gypsy, clutch, and manual handle completes the package. I make sure to keep the breaker off to prevent my grandson from lowering the anchor while at the slip...

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Have the lewmar on current boat. It works fine and is geared for incredibly fast deployment and retrieval. Some sisterships have had failures. Been told bigger lewmars are more reliable than smaller ones but even at our size there been failures. Ours got taken apart last year. Was surprised by the amount of rust. Was able to repaint the whole thing and service it. Virtually all working parts sit below deck in the chain locker. Unless you leave the hatch open (doesnít happen sailing) no ventilation. Chain does carry water/moisture in there as you retrieve. Even with drain holes just above the waterline itís a humid environment. The lewmar is electric. The motor big enough it canít be in a watertight enclosure as it would get too hot. So it does need attention and maintenance time to time.
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The maintenance on my Plath bronze has consisted of me tossing a bucket of water over it once or twice in 10 years to clean some of the exterior grime. Other than that I had to make a new handle for it when the old one broke due to metal fatigue. That's been it.
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Have the lewmar on current boat. It works fine and is geared for incredibly fast deployment and retrieval. Some sisterships have had failures. Been told bigger lewmars are more reliable than smaller ones but even at our size there been failures. Ours got taken apart last year. Was surprised by the amount of rust. Was able to repaint the whole thing and service it. Virtually all working parts sit below deck in the chain locker. Unless you leave the hatch open (doesnít happen sailing) no ventilation. Chain does carry water/moisture in there as you retrieve. Even with drain holes just above the waterline itís a humid environment. The lewmar is electric. The motor big enough it canít be in a watertight enclosure as it would get too hot. So it does need attention and maintenance time to time.
Corrosion inside the locker did in my first VWC... it last 15 years though. I suppose a regular maintenance or covering it in thick grease might work... but I doubt it.

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Now we're getting somewhere. Thanks for the info. Anecdotal evidence helps. I like the looks of the lofrans royal manual windlass, also like the maxwell rc 88 due to its low deck profile, while I like the idea of electric recovery and the recovery speed, I really lean toward the simplicity of a manual system. Its a lot of money either way to be second guessing your purchase decision, be nice to get it right the first time.
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Now we're getting somewhere. Thanks for the info. Anecdotal evidence helps. I like the looks of the lofrans royal manual windlass, also like the maxwell rc 88 due to its low deck profile, while I like the idea of electric recovery and the recovery speed, I really lean toward the simplicity of a manual system. Its a lot of money either way to be second guessing your purchase decision, be nice to get it right the first time.
I'm sure the Lofrans windlass is an excellent option, but I'd also encourage you to look in the used market if you're considering a manual windlass. The Seatiger 555 comes up fairly regularly, and I've also seen the occasional Plath bronze as well. Given that there's so little to go wrong with these windlasses, buying used is a pretty safe bet.

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I'm sure the Lofrans windlass is an excellent option, but I'd also encourage you to look in the used market if you're considering a manual windlass. The Seatiger 555 comes up fairly regularly, and I've also seen the occasional Plath bronze as well. Given that there's so little to go wrong with these windlasses, buying used is a pretty safe bet.
I agree I like my manual.

A new manual has to be 1/2 the price of electric at least. A used one even less.

My Simpson Lawrence Hyspeed Manual is 36 years old. With the recondition 5 years ago works like new. In that time My friend SanderO has gone through 2 windlasses. That doesnít include the new motor. Cost is important.
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Re: choice of manual windlass

The more deck space a unit takes up and the higher it is the more itís a hazard when youíre up on the foredeck forced to mess around with something. Itís so nice to be able to sit while on a very short tether while trying to fix an over wrap in a furler or resecure an anchor lashed on for passage. This varies hugely on each boat. How to place it to get good support (have seen them ripped out of the deck), good chain fall and good ergonomics for deck work. Thatís one of the good features of the lewmar. The footprint and profile are very small . You can sit on it without discomfort. There are no toe stubbing edges. Feed to the locker is very short and directly down. Think these are concerns for any windlass electric or manual.

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