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Old 07-05-2014, 07:45 PM   #1
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New windlass suggestions

My original windless continues to throw a breaker as well as stopping and difficult to make work. Just not dependable. Nearly hit shore trying to leave cove yesterday. Had it! Going to replace windless, rusty chain and anchor. Any suggestions for the new windless. I have a 1984 35' CHB and want to replace the all chain but want dependable windless and remote. Looking for suggestions and insight. Thanks. Presently have a horizontal and plan to stay with horizontal.
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Old 07-05-2014, 07:52 PM   #2
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Our boat has a Lofrans Tigres, it has to be at least 20 years old (but propably since 1985) and if it died I would buy another one in a heartbeat.......

Still avaiable today... Horizontal Windlasses - Tigres
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Old 07-05-2014, 08:21 PM   #3
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What kind is it? Many are rebuildable. May be a mere electrical wiring issue, solenoid or the motor. Or lubrication.
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My first choice would be to rebuild. If replacement your only option, find one that fits in the same footprint with existing switching and cabling.

Several years ago, I removed an old powerwinch and installed a Lewmar Pro Series 1000. While it's not the most expensive out there or, many would argue, the highest quality, it's been flawless in operation for me. I probably set the anchor on average 10 times per month, mostly for fishing, on a combo 120 ft chain/240 ft line rode.
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Mine was a mess...a Vetus windlass with130 amp motor so it was a strong one worth saving though I didn't know it at the time as I had little info about it.

The positive power stud broke off when I tried to remove it to service the windlass so I took it to a local alternator/starter service guy.

New stud, inspected....rewound and painted for $95 plus tax. Works like a gorilla now.

If yours was good and now wimpy...a rebuild may be peanuts compared to new..if dissatisfied with prior performance there are many options and you have to start laying out which are the most important to you ...only then are suggestions relevant.
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Old 07-05-2014, 09:05 PM   #6
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If you can't repair your's look at a "Good" Windlass they are excellent.
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Old 07-05-2014, 09:11 PM   #7
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If they were that excellent, they wouldn't just call them "Good!"
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Old 07-05-2014, 09:40 PM   #8
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I think it's a strange name for a windlass company. I have used their high end model for the last 8 seasons and never gad an issue. The factory is in Barnegat, NJ.
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Our boat has a Lofrans Tigres, it has to be at least 20 years old (but propably since 1985) and if it died I would buy another one in a heartbeat.......

Still avaiable today... Horizontal Windlasses - Tigres
+1 to the Tigres. But I would look into rebuilding your current one first.
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Old 07-05-2014, 10:49 PM   #10
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Maxwell HRC-10-8

I am very happy with it, 6 months old.
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Old 07-06-2014, 12:10 AM   #11
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Second vote for a windlass by the "Good" Windlass company. I just had to replace the tension finger spring and pivot bolt because the previous owner bent it badly somehow. One quick call to New Jersey, $15, and it showed up on my doorstep two days later.
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Wasn't aware of the "Good" Windlass company. Does anyone know if they support all existing models or do they consider some older units obsolete and thus do not support them with parts. My old Maxwell was declared obsolete and I couldn't even get a break pin.
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Old 07-06-2014, 07:43 AM   #13
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As far as I know the original 1993 Good rope only windlass is still supported by the company to this day. I went with a rope/ chain windlass and with a more powerful unit.
Here is a link to their web site....
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I upgraded to the F850 C
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That's the thing about Good, they only make a few models and as far as I know, they do still support them all. They only have a few models and they don't change. One thing about Good - they're not very flashy - you won't see them on a million dollar boat, they're not sparkling pretty chrome like some Lewmars, just basic, very simple design.

I will say one negative thing though - mine is an 850, for combination chain and rope rodes. It can be very finicky about the rope it will grab. Good sells rodes specifically typed and sized for their windlass, but it's expensive. Maybe my clutch wheel is just getting old (although it doesn't look it, and we don't use it much. Old boat but the windlass was just installed in 2005.)
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Old 07-06-2014, 08:25 AM   #15
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I'll add I purchased a custom rode/ chain 100' of chain and 300 of rode. I like the color coding they use it's basic and functional.
Since I replaced everything at once including the anchor it never let me down. I rode out the hurricane the pre-dated Sandy. Technically superstorm Sandy was not a hurricane. I wish I would have rode out Sandy I think my boat would have fared better...
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Old 07-06-2014, 10:37 AM   #16
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I replaced mine with a lewmar with remote. I have a 65lb rocha with 120' of chain and 200' of rode. What a difference by going up a size. Have 42 GB. So far so good.
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I don't think Good makes anything to the OP's horizontal spec. If you want the best, then go from "Good" to "Ideal". Pricey, made in the USA and they support everything they have made in the last 80 years. Just about any configuration you can think of.
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My first choice would be to rebuild. If replacement your only option, find one that fits in the same footprint with existing switching and cabling.

Several years ago, I removed an old powerwinch and installed a Lewmar Pro Series 1000. While it's not the most expensive out there or, many would argue, the highest quality, it's been flawless in operation for me. I probably set the anchor on average 10 times per month, mostly for fishing, on a combo 120 ft chain/240 ft line rode.
I'd be walk'in in Al's shoes here.
I think windlass's have gotten a lot better recently. Al's windlass didn't cost him a fortune and it gives good service. A lot of lower cost hardware performs flawlessly if it's not abused. My $425. capstan makes an awful racket and is extremely small but it lifts good (small trees included) and otherwise performs very well. Most of these expensive units are great but just not needed IMO.
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Maxwell HRC-10-8

I am very happy with it, 6 months old.
Agree; we installed one on our previous boat and it worked perfectly. With 150' chain and 250' brait, we seldom saw the brait in the windlass but when we did it handled it with aplomb - remember that it would have had a lot of chain weight to contend with once it hit the brait. Reasonably quiet as well.

For heavier lifting the HRC-10-10 is also available.
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"If you want the best, then go from "Good" to "Ideal". Pricey, made in the USA and they support everything they have made in the last 80 years. Just about any configuration you can think of."

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