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"The first choice was between manual and electric. The cost of a manual windlass was comparable to an electric windlass of the same capacity. A "Waldenese" approach to sailing had always appealed to me, thus the simplicity of a manual windlass had much to offer. Installation is much simpler: no heavy expensive wiring to run nor solenoids and foot switches to buy and install. The cost of these items can add hundreds of dollars to the cost of the windlass itself. Battery capacity has to be re-assessed and possibly increased, too."
(Submitted by Noel Sun Aug 8, 2004 )
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