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Old 02-03-2021, 21:51   #1
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Looking for a Manual Windlass

Does anyone have a manual windlass they'd like to sell? My boat currently doesn't have one, and it'd be nice to add.

Horizontal or vertical... I'm not choosey

I'm in Ontario, Canada.
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Old 03-03-2021, 05:24   #2
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Just get the Lofrans. It works great and costs what people try to charge you for used.
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Old 03-03-2021, 09:19   #3
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Just get the Lofrans. It works great and costs what people try to charge you for used.

Yeah, I see that. Apples and oranges I guess.


I received a few messages for really lovely windlasses, but I'm looking for an inexpensive windlass for a budget sailor.
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Old 03-03-2021, 12:08   #4
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Re: Looking for a Manual Windlass

Can you provide a sense of your location, boat and chain size?



I have a good working Hyspeed 510 with a gypsy for 5/16 chain, but no sense if that'd work for your boat or if shipping would make the deal too costly for you.


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Old 03-03-2021, 17:01   #5
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Oh wait! Just noticed yer in Ontario ; )


Shipping might be the restraint. I'm gonna guess that from here in Seattle, the Hyspeed I have would cost around 150 to ship.
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Old 04-03-2021, 10:51   #6
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I bought a Hyspeed 510 on eBay and refurbishing myself in my own time. They are a great winch and simple to comprehend. Very rugged and good old fashion British engineering. Although I am in England, these crop up all over the globe and parts are available or can be made to suit which is partly what I am doing. Its just an option for you to perhaps consider.
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Old 04-03-2021, 10:54   #7
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Hey all...

So, I don't have chain to go with it. The boat is 30 ft long and 9000lbs so 5/16" G43 is likely what I'll be going with.


But if I can get a good deal on a windlass, the chain will follow accordingly.
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Old 04-03-2021, 11:24   #8
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I have a horizontal Lofrans, even has a reasonable shape chain/rope rode with it (think its ~ 250-300'). I got old and lazy .... went electric

Currently in Seattle.
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I have this one for sale for $300.



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Old 05-03-2021, 08:28   #10
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So, I don't have chain to go with it. The boat is 30 ft long and 9000lbs so 5/16" G43 is likely what I'll be going with.


But if I can get a good deal on a windlass, the chain will follow accordingly.
I am generally of the opinion that more is better, especially for something like anchoring systems but 5/16 G4 might be more than you really need. Many of the Pearson 42s including several long term cruisers and liveaboards that anchor regularly use 5/16 G4 for their boats. I would think for a 30' boat something less robust would work just fine.
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I am generally of the opinion that more is better, especially for something like anchoring systems but 5/16 G4 might be more than you really need. Many of the Pearson 42s including several long term cruisers and liveaboards that anchor regularly use 5/16 G4 for their boats. I would think for a 30' boat something less robust would work just fine.

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I thought 5/16 might be a bit heavy. I guess on a smaller boat, it'd make sense to have more nylon than steel.
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I thought 5/16 might be a bit heavy. I guess on a smaller boat, it'd make sense to have more nylon than steel.
Less weight in the bow is certainly a good thing and is more obvious on a smaller boat. But a big part of the decision for chain vs rope will depend on where you anchor. In areas with a lot of rocks on the bottom or tropical areas with coral the chain is more critical as it won't chafe through if it wraps around something hard and sharp.

I confess I have not researched chain sizes for smaller boats but perhaps 1/4" G4 would work. It would be a good bit lighter than 5/16 and I think strong enough for a 30' boat.
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Any windlass you consider, you should check the manual for it and determine if the weight of your anchor, chain, rode are within its design parameters to handle...
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I actually have a spare manual windlass (Seatiger 555) that I'd consider letting go for the right price. Unfortunately it's on my boat in Newfoundland, and I can't (yet) get back to her. It also comes with a 3/8" gypsy, which is overkill for your boat.
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Thanks for all the replies everyone! I believe I found one
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