I would like to know the details of just what was wrong with the one that brought CSY Man grief.
The gypsy wheel
was too shallow and did not hold the chain good enough.
I mounted the windlass on the boat and before leaving the dock
let the anchor
out in 7 feet of water
and was unable to retrive it using the windlass...Sort of defeated the purpose.
(Yes the gypsy was the right size for the chain and the chain the right size for the gypsy)
I "de-mounted" the windlass, (Model Hercules) and took it back to the marine
store....Explained the situation to the manager and he said with a sigh that yes, Somson Lawrence have better gypsies (chain wheels) and he was aware of it.
Seems like the Muir needed at least a 90 degree angle on the chain, but the Sea Tiger
was more tolerant for a shallower angle, which I have..
The Hercules was more or less a direct copy of the Sea Tiger and it sold slightly cheaper, that is why I bought it....The savings did not pay off however due to the extra work putting it on, then taking it off, then ordering the other one, re-stocking fee, etc., etc.
Not saying all Muirs are bad, just that the one I tried did not work out 'cause the chain wheel
was not cut deep enough.