Originally Posted by caltexflanc
They have an excellent reputation, are very high quality and known for excellent customer service. I know several boats with them that anchor a lot and they love them. Not sure where the hearsay above comes from. If you go over to The Hull Truth and enter it into the search function, you will see the experiences of many actual users posted.
If you're talking hearsay from what I said...no worse than the hearsay on the
But they are made in Barnegat, NJ not too far from where I am. They are very popular because they are available at a reasonable price AND a few other reasons...but that does not make them infallible...as MANY rope windlasses suffer from gripping the rope under certain conditions.
Being an assistance tower who often shows up to anchored boats...I know first hand which ones work well and the ones that don't.
Most people who buy stuff aren't always completely honest when they tell you about how good or bad ther purchase was....AND many boaters are lousy judges of what they own because they have such little experience with what else is out there.
Never said they weren't a good windlass...just relating what I know about them....which also includes the cast aluminum cleat tending to break way too easily.....at least with older models.