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Old 11-04-2021, 11:22   #1
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Moritz Bronze Hand Windlass 1980

This is a very lightly used double hand winch. It works as it should. It looks to me that it is for 5/16" chain. The link length it is for is approximately 1-1/2".
$1000 + shipping from Colorado, USA.
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Old 11-04-2021, 11:39   #2
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Re: Moritz Bronze Hand Windlass 1980

According to the advertisement you included the windlass was not offered with a gypsy for 5/16” chain.
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Old 11-04-2021, 11:47   #3
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Re: Moritz Bronze Hand Windlass 1980

I'm pretty sure that is a typo in the original ad - it also says it is available for 1/8? chain. Not too sure that one would need a windlass of this caliber for that!
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Re: Moritz Bronze Hand Windlass 1980

Had one of those on my Westsail 32. They are really great manual windlass that retrieve a lot of chain quickly with the dual handle arrangement. If you are in somewhat decent shape pull in the chain with one hand while pushing the other handle forward to be in position to pull on that one as the other handles bottoms out and repeat. Dead simple ratchet and pawl actuation no springs to break.

Moritz had a bunch of patterns for different chain gypsies, ours was 3/8" hytensil. You brought a sample of your chain in and he'd cast the gypsy that fit. Old man Moritz was ancient in '75 when we bought ours and the foundry got shut down by OSHA soon after. Buy your chain to fit the gypsy as there won't be a way to get a replacement .
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Old 11-04-2021, 17:51   #5
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Re: Moritz Bronze Hand Windlass 1980

Where's the up and down button?
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Old 12-04-2021, 10:50   #6
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Re: Moritz Bronze Hand Windlass 1980

I have one for sale, takes 7/16 or 1/2" chain, yours for $ 500, all Bronze, year's ago, i had a Ketch with this type of windlass, it had been converted to 12 volt's by installing a chain sprocket on center, chain went thru the deck to a reduction gear, then the motor, worked well, any way , it's heavy, so pick up only in San Rafael, CA.
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I have one for sale, takes 7/16 or 1/2" chain, yours for $ 500, all Bronze, year's ago, i had a Ketch with this type of windlass, it had been converted to 12 volt's by installing a chain sprocket on center, chain went thru the deck to a reduction gear, then the motor, worked well, any way , it's heavy, so pick up only in San Rafael, CA.

How nice that you piggybacked on someone else's for sale thread, offering yours for less money.
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Re: Moritz Bronze Hand Windlass 1980

Apologies, was not my intention, actually, have never posted anything for sale, actually don't know how, apologies again.
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Re: Moritz Bronze Hand Windlass 1980

I just noticed the gypsies on mine are different - one side fits 1/4" chain, the other 5/16.
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Re: Moritz Bronze Hand Windlass 1980

Who says boats lose their value? After almost 40 years of good use a part that was sold in 1983 for $645 is now only $1,000.
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Re: Moritz Bronze Hand Windlass 1980

A quick look will show you that 700 in 1980's dollars is 1700+ now. I priced mine along the values shown by the last one to be sold - the seller asked $1,195, and presumably got near that for a similar windlass that had only one gypsy.
This windlass is very rare in this size - you cannot get anything like it made today. It would be a wonderful addition to a traditional craft of the right character and scale.
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Who says boats lose their value? After almost 40 years of good use a part that was sold in 1983 for $645 is now only $1,000.
Yes and gas was $1.25 then. A $500,000 house now was $89,000 then. Anymore revelations?
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Re: Moritz Bronze Hand Windlass 1980

There seem to be a lot of "sailors" on this forum that have nothing better to do than find fault with classified ads. I can think of nothing quite so small minded than maybe a child frying ants with a magnifying glass.
Please, if you are not interested in this windlass, go and try to be helpful, god knows the world could sure use a hand.
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Re: Moritz Bronze Hand Windlass 1980

I know...it went south pretty quick. In post #5, I was making a joke about the use of a button for electric windlass's. I have used the windlass you're selling. They're immensely robust. You see them on a lot of large older wood vessels.
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