Thanks for all the advice :-)
Despite all the problems I had getting them to own up to the need to make gypsies for the Acco G4 chain manufacturing differences subsequent to Peerless purchasing
and moving Acco production in 2006 and a couple other much smaller annoyances early on with my windlass I admit Lighthouse makes a very good windlass.
I think in a lot of ways it is a matter of a really well made but relatively unchanged design that the owners are not overly interesting in investing to keep relevant in a timely manner whether it be gyspies to fit Acco G40 chain as currently manufactured or upgrading the rhode counter after a supplier no longer made a needed component (which I wanted back when I bought mine over two years ago and which last week when I spoke with them will supposedly have a new wireless rhode counter option sometime relatively soon).
Modifying a lofrans
gypsy to fit the Lighthouse might be the thing to do, although maybe I can convince Saltyhog to buy a lovely Lighthouse 1501 so I can buy a lofrans
.. Sales pitch
: Lighthouse 1501 with submariner reversing set up and wireless remotes with a mere two years of use will work great if choose to use 3/8" BBB chain since I don't think there will be any problems with getting Lighthouse to provide gypsies to fit BBB chain (and if 5/16" BBB chain was used I think it would be fine assuming that is strong enough for your boat...). :-) :-) :-)
Thanks again for all your advice, will let everyone know what I end up doing..