Considering that electric
windlasses cost a couple thousand dollars at a minimum, it would sure be nice if the makers could use some kind of more suitable electric motor
than the non-marinized automobile starter motors most of them use.
I've not seen a single windlass
that looks really perfect. Lighthouse windlasses have the motor
vertical under the deck
where only a single
seal keeps saltwater from pouring in (and frequently doesn't keep saltwater pouring in). The crappiness of Lewmar
windlasses like mine needs no comment. Lofrans
look pretty good I guess. But what we need is a proper marinized, heavy duty, continuous duty motor, gearbox
with precision gears and ball bearings and full oil
bath with changeable oil
, band brakes, nice manual function like the Lighthouse, motor mounted horizontally and with a couple of levels of seals
so that sea water
does not want to pour in.