I want to buy an electric anchor winch and have the choice of two.
One is a "Mariner" brand which, I am told, is made by Lewmar in the UK and has a 500 watt motor.
The other is not branded and made in China but has a 900 watt motor.
Both have a two year guarantee and, apart from the bigger more powerful motor on the Chinese one, look almost identical. There is almost no difference in the price.
Which would you buy?
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Thread: British or Chinese?
19-04-12, 11:05 #1
British or Chinese?
19-04-12, 11:09 #2Registered User
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Neither. I would buy a Lofrans as first choice based on my own experience.
BTW 500w is very small and 900w would be overkill if you consider 500 adequate for your boat.
19-04-12, 11:16 #3
If 500w is adequate I would go for the Lewmar model. If the non-branded one was considerably cheaper I might take a punt, but at the same price I wouldn't bother.
19-04-12, 11:17 #4
Thanks for the v quick reply.
I forgot to say that both are advertised as suitable for a 25-30 ft boat. (I have a 29ft Beneteau)
19-04-12, 11:21 #5
I have a 300w on my 25ft boat and it copes just fine. 500w should be ok for a 29fter.
19-04-12, 13:16 #6
Personally I would buy the Lewmar. If we Brits wont buy British goods, why should we expect anyone else to do so?
19-04-12, 13:22 #7
Also keep the profit and salaries in the UK (even if they are imported, the major part of the revenue will keep UK Plc going)
19-04-12, 19:07 #8
The power ratings are no doubt the electrical consumption rather than the horsepower output.
How efficient is the Chinese model?
19-04-12, 19:25 #9