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. Our Ideal Windlass is a truly rugged piece of gear that just keeps on ticking, despite the abuse we hand out to it.

Update: Unfortunately, we did not have a good experience with the company the last time we sent the windlass in for service; in fact, they reassembled the windlass incorrectly and shipped it back to us in that state. However, the company was sold in 2016 and we have not heard anything regarding quality of service since then.

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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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