Ideal Windlass

We have oversize anchors and chain to deal with tough conditions and so require an oversize windlass as well. Though we don’t like the extra weight on the bow, we think it’s worth it to have a reliable, quick way to weigh anchor, especially when a rapid retreat from ice is necessary. The Ideal Company deserves high marks for service as well. This is a truly rugged piece of gear that just keeps on ticking, despite the abuse we hand out to it.

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Phyllis

Phyllis has sailed over 40,000 offshore miles with John on their McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, most of it in the high latitudes, and has crossed the Atlantic three times. As a woman who came to sailing as an adult, she brings a fresh perspective to cruising, which has helped her communicate what they do in an approachable way, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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  • Jim R. Apr 1, 2016, 8:41 pm

    What size is your Ideal Windlass? 5 or 6?
    Jim

    • John Apr 2, 2016, 8:41 am

      Hi Jim,

      I’m pretty sure it’s a 6.

      By the way, I do need to say that I was a lot less than happy with the service and attention to detail that we got from Idea Windlass the last time we sent our windlass in for service (2012).

  • Bruce Bayne Mar 18, 2017, 6:43 pm

    Just an FYI. Ideal Windlass was sold to Schaefer Marine in October of 2016. Here’s the press release link:
    https://www.schaefermarine.com/schaefer-marine-acquires-ideal-windlass-company/

    Don’t know if this will improve things or not. Only time will tell.

    • John Mar 19, 2017, 8:48 am

      Hi Bruce,

      Thanks, I came across that too. Seems like it might be a good development.

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