Thank you very much for the info. We have been using the windlass extensively and so far have not had a problem--though we did recently replace the gypsy
(it is like magic now, didn't appreciate how badly worn the old one was, used to keep our foot over the gypsy
to help keep the chain from skipping--best $250 we have ever spent). Took the windlass off once to replace the mount. Turned it upside down and it looked really clean, surprisingly spotless. But did notice that the band that goes around the aft part of the DC motor was loose--off really, just hanging there. Determined that the only way to tighten it back up is to take the windlass apart and decided to just leave it, reasoning it has probably been like that for a while. So far, no problems. Have never had any leaks
. We never saw a sight for the oil level, where is that? I read that these things are filled at the factory and sealed...
I think the windlass is a bit undersized for our 66-pound anchor
and 3/8 chain, but we use it conservatively. If we ever end up upgrading, we'll go with a new Tigress.
I would love to get your email
to keep so that I could contact you if I ever had a question. I have not seen another of these in service
. Please feel free to email
me at delviento <at> hotmail <dot> com. Please put Fuji 40 or Windlass in the subject line so I spot it in the Junk folder.
Thank you for your time.