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Old 09-10-2012, 08:30 AM   #1
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Is this for real?

As you guys know, I am building my own boat and every cent counts.
Locally I found a windlass not as expensive as all the others and it looks like it can do the job perfectly. The equipment is a 1500 watts vertical windlass ready to work with 8 or 10 mm chain and 5/8 double braid line. However, according to the manufacture, they only recommend their own double braid, or any 3 strand anchor line.
With 55,000 lbs of displacement, will I we be good with 5/8 line?
Thanks for your help
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Old 09-10-2012, 09:22 AM   #2
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I would be wary of a product that's "not as expensive as all the others".


A farmer was at the feed store to buy oats and asked about the best price. The salesman said "I can give you a great price on oats that have already been through the horse but if you want fresh oats, the price will be higher."

I would stick with one of the name brand manufacturers that have proven themselves in service and where parts and service are likely to be available when needed in the future.
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Old 09-10-2012, 09:39 AM   #3
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Reminds me of the ad for a used parachute:

"Used once, never opened."

Cheaper is rarely better.
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Old 09-10-2012, 02:01 PM   #4
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...here is the machine
Anchorlift - Windlasses: 40-65 foot Boats

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Old 09-10-2012, 02:57 PM   #5
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...here is the machine
Anchorlift - Windlasses: 40-65 foot Boats

M1512C
Company looks liget. But web sites do that for folks.
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Old 09-10-2012, 03:06 PM   #6
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Vertical windlass. Sometimes a vertical is mounted inside so not as much salt water intrusion to cause corrosion.

External are usually better made.

Could be the difference in cost.

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Old 09-10-2012, 04:08 PM   #7
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As long as you went with alternative #3. with a max pull of 2,640 lbs.
Alt. 3 Chain/rope
3/8" HT G4
Rope 16mm - 5/8"

3/8" HT G4
Rope 16mm - 5/8"

3/8" HT G4
Rope 16mm - 5/8"



We have a canvas cover for the windless that has lasted for 15+ years.

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Old 09-10-2012, 06:50 PM   #8
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...Thank you guys. I appreciate your input
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With 55,000 lbs of displacement, will I we be good with 5/8” line?

Depends , probably too thick for overnight as minor boat movement wont stretch it, probably too light for a named storm.

As most folks choose to anchor where waves wont get them , the boats windage is key to anchor loads.

The windlasses look like a very complete line , where are they made?

China , Italy? Local?

Are parts easy to get?

Call and ask for a replacement motor and see what the delay/cost would be.
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Company looks liget. But web sites do that for folks.
They have a US office in Largo, FL....and it seems the home office is in Norway...

I was at Don's Salvage in Clearwater the other day...they had a few bow rollers and anchors from this outfit... Didn't look too bad....
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