I had a low profile windlass
such as you are considering. It was the first windlass
I had owned so I didn't know any better. I replaced it with a manual Horizontal windlass and couldn't believe the differance. The longer handle and the back and forth motion vs. the short winch
handle and rotating motion makes using the windlass Almost fun. I now find myself using the windlass for other heavy lifting jobs on the boat
due to the horizontal rope
drum on the windlass. This was not possible with the old vertical rope/chain combination windlass.