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Old 12-08-2011, 09:21   #1
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Advice on Windlass: Maxwell or Lofrans

I am going through an upgrade on my boat and need to replace the windlass. I am trying to decide between a Maxwell HWC3500 and the Lofrans Falkon. Boat is 56 ft ketch, using chain on main anchor and rope-chain on the secondary. Require a horizontal type windlass due to bowsprit. Both windlass look good, price is similar, capabilities are similar. Any experience with either brand would be appreciated.
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Old 12-08-2011, 09:29   #2
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Re: Advice on windlass: Maxwell or Lofrans

We have a manual Lofrans and I am happy with it. I did have to uninstall and re-install ~2" higher to ensure there was a full 90 degree wrap of chain around the gypsy. It is amazing how much better it workes (used to skip) with the full 90 degree wrap.
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Re: Advice on windlass: Maxwell or Lofrans

I have the Maxwell. Mine is set up as a "double double" (both chain and rode gypsys on both sides). It has been bullet proof for 10 years. Just get the right chain gypsy. I set a sample of my chain to Maxwell to get it right.
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