We have just replaced the entire above deck
portion of our Quick windlass. The previous owner had failed to perform any maintenance
and when my skipper
recently took it apart for a routine check it had literally corroded to pieces inside. We were lucky to identify the problem before it failed completely - which by looking at it was very imminent.
Replacing it entailed dealing directly with Quick in Italy
as it was not a part that is kept in stock and requires the factory to manufacture. Dealing with Quick directly was surprisingly efficient despite many postings to the contrary. The quotes were still relayed via the local Quick agent in Maldives
and payment made to the agent - but communication was direct with Quick.
The original DN1712 was no longer made (ours is a 2011 L450) so we replaced with a DR4 top unit - almost identical and refitted without any adjustments.
We were under time constraints as very hard to anchor in Maldives
without a windlass, we have 12mm chain and a 40kg Mantus
anchor. I did consider replacement of the entire windlass with another make - Steve mentioned he'd considered the Lofrans
X3 as an almost direct replacement. However the lead time on one was over 3 weeks and I could not wait - so went ahead with the Quick replacement (lead time 5 days, and 3 days courier).
The new part came with a new anchor chain sensor, so it's great to have an operation anchor counter again.
The windlass still stains if deeper than 15m under the load of the chain and Mantus, so may consider Steve's suggestion of increasing motor size to 2000W when the original motor finally gives in. Will also try the suggestion of increasing rev's.
So grateful as a first time boat
owner to be able to leverage off the knowledge and experience of the other forum members - thanks all.