Originally Posted by blueketch
I presently have a Maxwell 1500 vertical windlass that has never really worked well. It jams in the tube almost every time during retrieval. I am considering Maxwell HWC1500 horizontal windlass but would like feedback on any windlass that is "bullet-proof". I have a all 3/8" BBB short link, all chain rode.
You might look into getting the next larger size chain pipe (the thru-deck part) for your windlass and see if that fixes the problem. There may be some other problem with geometry as well. You could get in touch with Maxwell about installation requirements. I've recently been in touch with the manufacturer of our windlass to go over fairlead requirements, for example, lateral feed to the windlass can only be off 3 degrees on our horizontal windlass...vertical windlasses (I've heard) are much more forgiving of fairlead...
We've got a 32 volt heavy duty Ideal brand horizontal windlass that is considered pretty bulletproof and we're rebuilding it right now before re-installing it on the boat (new brake, new grease fittings, repaint the case, etc) . We'll be changing out the chain stripper for one (from Maxwell, actually) that is integrated into the naval pipe that goes thru the deck. Our naval pipe was all rusted away and we just happened to get a new looking (used) bronze one at a local re-sell shop. We have 1/2" BBB all chain rode, btw.