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Old 06-12-2013, 06:04   #1
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Best electric windlass for a 36' mono?

We are looking to make some improvements next year and an electric windlass is one we agree on. Looking for input on the best brands and your experience with them. Thanks!
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Re: Best electric windlass for a 36' mono?

we have had good service out of our Lofrans "Tigress". I am hard on it, and it has never failed!!!!!
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Old 06-12-2013, 06:14   #3
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Re: Best electric windlass for a 36' mono?

I would vote for an Ideal Windlass. Bronze working parts can't be beat.
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We we have a Muir cougar on our hc33. Thing is built like a tank. Expensive but nice.
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Re: Best electric windlass for a 36' mono?

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We we have a Muir cougar on our hc33. Thing is built like a tank. Expensive but nice.
Jon, do you personally know of a Muir dealer or distributor who will, at least, answer a phone or return an e-mail. Imtra doesn't even know that certain models exist, and the headquarters down under won't return e-mails.
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Re: Best electric windlass for a 36' mono?

Hard to beat a Maxwell Vertical. In the old days I liked the Horizontal windlasses. After having a few verticals I've found they rarely (if ever) jam and work perfectly. The Horizontals can have chain override issues and need a stipper which can be problematic for some people. Maybe it's because the chain on a vertical often goes round the gypsy much further than the 2 or 3 links a horizontal grabs. Anyway, I highly recomend the Maxwell. I've had one new and two well used and none of them ever failed. And a small thing.... they dont catch headsail sheets on the foredeck as much a big horizontal either.
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Fisheries in Seattle worked with us great for our Muir. I had to get a new gypsy because of a chain size change and call intra and got good service from the USA branch. the west coast rep never responded to me so I went right to the top.
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