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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 doesn’t include the new motor. Cost is important.
I've gone thru one and am on the 2nd... and I picked up a spare motor for a song... Windlasses are spendy... I think my cost would average out at around $100 / yr.

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So... referencing O.P.s question, I realize it's a more European area type item while this board tends to be more N.A. focused but does anyone here have any experience of the Giglio or it's maker Italwinch? Even reputation - hearsay - experiences with the mail order sellers or ? The price and availability looks somewhat interesting to me even if the latest antenna I ordered from Latvia took more than twice the estimated delivery time.
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So... referencing O.P.s question, I realize it's a more European area type item while this board tends to be more N.A. focused but does anyone here have any experience of the Giglio or it's maker Italwinch? Even reputation - hearsay - experiences with the mail order sellers or ? The price and availability looks somewhat interesting to me even if the latest antenna I ordered from Latvia took more than twice the estimated delivery time.
I have a friend with a beautiful newer 36 Sunbeam made in Austria.
It has and Italwinch on its bow. I have operated it at the dock once. It was shiny and new and worked effortlessly.

I don’t know anything about their quality control.


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So... referencing O.P.s question, I realize it's a more European area type item while this board tends to be more N.A. focused but does anyone here have any experience of the Giglio or it's maker Italwinch? Even reputation - hearsay - experiences with the mail order sellers or ? The price and availability looks somewhat interesting to me even if the latest antenna I ordered from Latvia took more than twice the estimated delivery time.
I've seen that one as well. I researched the company best I could, found that winch on their site, sent them an email to ask about chain/ rope compatability and the response: "we don't have a manual windlass in our catalog", so it seems like a crap shoot to me...
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Re: choice of manual windlass

The two options I have been looking at are....

Lofrans Royal Manual Windlass
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The "Giglio" by the Italian outfit Italwinch.
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