I would go with the Maxwell out of the two. Muir also make excellent anchor winches.
It is important to get the installation
right. Check the drop is adequate. The windlass need to mounted on a reinforced area of the deck. Double check the gypsy
is compatible with your chain.
Vertical windlasses have always seemed a slightly stupid design to me. The hole for the chain (which always brings some salt water
in with it) is above and very close to to windlass motor and gearbox
. The motor in particular is vulnerable to salt water
damage. With my installation
I went to some trouble to ensure the water
from the chain cannot get to the gearbox
and motor. This involved constructing a separate aluminium chain deflector plate extending below the motor and gearbox with a simple Sunbrella splash guard underneath. An easier, but slightly less effective solution is a pipe extending the chain hole below the level of the winch.
Some windlass models are available where the chain entry into the anchor well is separate from the gypsy. This enables the distance between the motor and the saltwater entry to be separated much more than the customary two inches.
This is worth considering on a new install.
I also installed a bilge
blowing fan to blow cold air over the gypsy motor. Most (all?) of the electric
anchor winch motors are only rated for intermittent operation. The fan makes a practical difference in keeping the motor cool. Whether this extends the motors life, or performance is difficult to know but it is easy and cheap
to do (although I have never seen anyone else do it)