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Old 12-07-2012, 09:43 AM   #1
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Anyone have a Lofrans Tigres or Cayman horizontal windlass?

If you do, what is your opinion of the Lofrans?

Also, I am looking for the measurement of the distance from the center of the chain gypsy to the center of the rope drum. That is not a measurement given in the available Lofrans dimensions.

Am thinking about upgrading our current Simpson Lawrence Horizon 900 Freefall that came with the boat. Its getting a bit tempremental and I have had to rebuild part of it twice. Also do not like the fact that there is no manual recovery option and that one cannot power it down.
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Old 12-07-2012, 09:53 AM   #2
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We had the Lofrans Tigres on our last boat for 8 years. We cruised full time and never had any issues. We had the anodized, 1200 watt model. I think it's a good windlass for the money.
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:21 PM   #3
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I have one and like it very much it is smooth and quiet. It has not been used much lately but I know several owners who are pleased also. Next time I go to the boat I'll get that dimention for you, inless I see it posted here before
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:22 PM   #4
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We've been happy with ours. They are still supported. I called to ask about changing the chain gypsy and the rep was very helpful in both identifying it and in replacement sizes.
I don't have the dimension but will try to get it next time on the boat.
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:31 PM   #5
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Here is a link to the Lofrans site with the dimensions. Hope this helps.

Our Tigres is 27 years old and never given us a problem, we wired in a remote chain counter 2 years ago and now it is fully programable up/down. Love it.........
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:23 PM   #6
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Thanks all for the feedback. Mike: Seen that thanks. But not the dimension I'm looking for.
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If you do, what is your opinion of the Lofrans?

Also, I am looking for the measurement of the distance from the center of the chain gypsy to the center of the rope drum. That is not a measurement given in the available Lofrans dimensions..
I`m fairly sure Marin has a Lofrans looking pretty on the foredeck, expected he`d come in on this. Maybe both his hands are fractured (sincerely hope not),but there is still voice recognition software....
Can`t help,mine`s a Muir ( Cheetah or Cougar,not sure which so I call it a Carnivore). Slow as, but reliable, made in OZ.
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Old 12-08-2012, 12:27 AM   #8
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Been busy selling 737s to Icelandair. Yes, we have a Lofrans Tigres. Outstanding windlass. We installed it and its foot switches and control unit ourselves. Not cheap but worth every cent in our opinion.

Lofrans is the standard windlass on Grand Banks and Nordic Tugs. And probably other makes, too.
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Old 12-08-2012, 01:03 AM   #9
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Here you go David.

If you can't make it out from my photo's the measurement is 91/4" (23.5cm). Hope that helps.

Ours came with the boat, it had a Muir reconditioned motor put in about 8 years ago, I think the Lofran itself is about 15+ years old, it's a very reliable winch.I would certainly consider another one if this ever dies on me.
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Old 12-08-2012, 01:11 AM   #10
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Marin, does your Lofran have the round sight glass to check the oil level for the winch gears. Your unit is much newer than mine I think, and I wonder how much they have changed the design over the years.
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Old 12-08-2012, 01:19 AM   #11
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Marin, does your Lofran have the round sight glass to check the oil level for the winch gears. Your unit is much newer than mine I think, and I wonder how much they have changed the design over the years.
Yes it does. It also has a very effective manual retrieve system on it should the motor fail. I assume the Tigres has always had this, however.
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Old 12-08-2012, 08:46 AM   #12
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Thanks Andy. That's just what I needed.
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Old 03-09-2013, 02:28 PM   #13
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I Have a Cayman on my Trader Trawler Yacht. On the boat when I bought it 4 years ago so no knowledge to it's actual age. However we are curently cruisimg the Mediterranean & anchoring most of the time & the windlass has always performed well & given us no problems. I don't have a manual to hand so am wondering if anyone can help me with what oil I should use in the unit. Have never changed the oil so thought it about time I did. My limited knowledge suggest it should be a Hypoy oil of some sort, but any feedback would be appreciated. Thankyou
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Old 03-10-2013, 09:38 PM   #14
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I Have a Cayman on my Trader Trawler Yacht. On the boat when I bought it 4 years ago so no knowledge to it's actual age. However we are curently cruisimg the Mediterranean & anchoring most of the time & the windlass has always performed well & given us no problems. I don't have a manual to hand so am wondering if anyone can help me with what oil I should use in the unit. Have never changed the oil so thought it about time I did. My limited knowledge suggest it should be a Hypoy oil of some sort, but any feedback would be appreciated. Thankyou
The manual and exploded view is readily available online as a pdf. You should download it. No hypoid gears inside, just worm by the looks of it. The manual call for SAE 90WT gear oil.
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How did you connect your chain counter on the Lofrans Tigres windlass? Do you have pictures? Thanks.
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I have a Lofrans (Falkon)...very happy with it.
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It always pleases me how old threads spring back to life again.

Glad to see the archives been used properly.
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I am currently pulling by hand, looking forward to "fixing" that. I am looking hard at the Lofrans Tigres and looking for some information. Does it handle the nylon rode as well as chain? Lofrans makes lots of reference to the chain, and very little to a combination rode. I have 5/8" laid nylon rode with about 25' of 5/16" chain, figure about 70 lbs between the Rocna 15K, the chain, and a little rode weight. I also have a fairly small chain locker, sometimes have to put my hand down the hole to push the "stack" off to the side to get the rest of the rode in. How much fall does the Tigres need to stack the locker properly without jamming up? Any other insights would be appreciated... I anticipate having to drop down to 9/16" nylon to have the space in the locker I would need and increasing the length of my chain to 40-50'. I need 400-600' of anchor line for the depths I am forced to anchor in up here, often anchoring in 100-150' of water.
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How did you connect your chain counter on the Lofrans Tigres windlass? Do you have pictures? Thanks.
Sorry, I missed this post before and I hope the question was for me. I installed a Lewmar AA560 chain counter with the control head at the upper controls but also have a manual up/down switch at the lower as well as foot control switches at the windlass. The magnet is epoxied in a hole drilled in the gypsy with the reed switch installed in a reshaped nylon thru hull and screw mounted and sealed/screwed to the deck under the gypsy with the wires internally run in the thru hull. Then just hook the wires up to the control solenoids. These are the only photos I have right now, let me know if you would like more info. Really easy install and works great, with programable up/down to whatever feet you set plus manual use.
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Old 08-24-2014, 07:31 PM   #20
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We had a Lofrans Tigress 1500 on Apophyge and cruised to Mexico twice with no problems. I ran a 22Kg Bruce with 100' 3/8 BBB with a rope chain splice to 3/4 nylon rode. I renewed the splice every year or so but the windlass picked it up without too much abraison and no slippage. In more than 30' depth it was quite a load.
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