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Old 27-03-2009, 13:59   #1
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Lewmar V1 Windlass - Thoughts?

Hi all;

If anyone has good or bad things to say about this windlass, please do so. They are on super special at several online retailers.

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Old 04-04-2009, 20:45   #2
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Not my 1st option but if the price is right jump on in I'd say. Just make sure you don't overload it with your rode. Lewmars can be at the lower pulling power end usually.

Don't trust the published load numbers, they have proven to be somewhat optimistic.
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Old 02-06-2009, 10:31   #3
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WITZGALL hi did you get the V1 windlass, ?? I saw them today on special at defenders,but I would like to hear from a user, anybody have an opinion on this windlass
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Old 02-06-2009, 11:15   #4
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Although the 250 lb. Working Load (1000# Max) certainly isn’t impressive,
Defender’s $699.99 price tag certainly seems to be a “special buy” compared to
Lewmar V1 Windlass at $1,146.95
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Thanks for the comeback Gord I presently use my left and right arm, and am looking to make it easier on my back , I have a limited budget, so I am interested , but wont buy without a first hand report. By the way your posts are always appreciated, thanks Ole
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Ole:
Chris has a 32 footer, whereas you have a 40'.; for which, IMHO, the 'V1' is way undersized.
I think that the 'V1' is barely adequate for Chris' boat, and your loads may be twice his.

BTW: I'd like to see at least a 700# working load rating for a 30 - 35 footer, and about 1000 - 1200# for a 35 - 40 footer.
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I have a lewmar V1, though havent installed it yet. It looks to be a quality build and pretty heavy duty. I got mine for $400 shipped a couple months ago. I like that you can buy the manual option, though it costs an extra $150. It will probably be another month or so before I install it.
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I dont know anything about the Lewmar V1, but the Manual option on the windlasses I've seen in the past is pretty much useless..... a few inches at a time retieval with little force advantage. At that rate it's easier to hand it in and then fix the jam or windlass.....
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For those of you in the Pac Northwest here is a great deal on a Maxwell windlass ($500), max prop, rigging, Perkins 4-108, self tailing winches etc... No relation to me... Sailboat equipment
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Gord. Thanks again you are right, I will wait another year, and get stronger arms Ole
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