I think there is a reason that the 'hyspeed' and 555 are no longer manufactured. Years ago I bought a new one for our W32. We were in a large marina and these windlasses were by far the most common. I talked with owners and none were happy with them. Most had frozen up and rebuild parts
were very expensive, even back then. Seem to remember that the internal chain is a really odd size which effectively made SL the only source and they priced it to their advantage. After my informal survey
, sold the 555 and bought a Moritz. Unfortunately Moritz has been a casualty of the EPA and OSHA so is no more. Too bad as it was a dead simple ratchet and pawl winch
that looked like it was custom made for our W32. With two handles, it did a good job of quickly hauling up our 3/8" chain.
There were a number of bronze manual windlasses out there. ABI is out of business but there windlass would be a good one for your boat. The problem is finding them used. Suggest you keep looking in Craig's List in all the major port/yaching areas. Believe this is a search program for Craig's List so you don't have to search individually crazedlist.org : search craigslist like a madman
#. Also check the various consignment/used gear
stores. Blue Pelican in Alameda, CA <bluepelicanmarine.com> often has something.
Royal Windlass was the only manual that turned up on a Google
search. A bit pricey at a boat unit plus.
On my new, to me, boat that I mostly single
hand, went with a vertical chain gypsy/rope capstan electric winch
. It has made getting the anchor
up a no pain affair. Can raise and lower the anchor from the cockpit
. It does take a bit of juice to run but usually have the engine
running and alternator charging
when I use it. Bought it new off of Ebay for about a boat unit by the time I bought the solenoid controller, 100 amp circuit breaker, remote
windlass control and 2 gauge wire. When I was looking, they came up fairly regularly.