We, too had one of those windlasses. It got broken in Papeete in 1990. One of Jim's happier days was when he installed a Maxwell
two speed manual windlass
on our 36 footer. What a difference!
What happens with the SL is that as the bushings go, salt water
gets in (unless you're a Great Lakes
Sailor), and there are dissimilar metals issues. It is getting harder and harder to find replacement parts for them, although the seals
and whatnot are probably still around. For us, they didn't last long, even though we had made a cover for the windlass
in hopes of keeping out the water
If you were to give the displacement
and length of your boat
, and where you plan to use it, our recommendations could be tailored to your location, boat
and plans. You can add info about your boat under your avatar, using the Edit avatar function.
For instance, if you are limited to the east coast
of the US, your needs would be different if you were in Scotland
, or French Polynesia
(where the anchorages
are very deep, sometimes). For now, i suggest you take the gypsy
with you when you go buy chain, because you need good fit of the links in the gypsy.