The new windlass is installed and is working well. It has a completely different sound then the old one. This stronger motor spins up to speed without the moaning and groaning the old one did, the chain flies through the gypsy pulling the anchor without effort. This is just what we needed.
It was supposed to be an easy bolt on exact replacement. I actually believed this would be the case. However, nothing on a boat works that way. I should know this by now. There was just enough difference between the old mounting baseplate and the new windlass bolt holes that I had to do some grinding on the plate and grinding on the windlass. The larger motor more then filled the windlass case. It's electrical connections extended past the bottom of the case, making it necessary to add a layer of marine starboard to create space underneath for the wire runs. It took an extra day, but now that all the cursing has stopped and the bruised and lacerated fingers feel better, its sure been worth the effort.
The first hurricane is churning up the waters south of us, so it is time to head north into the Sea of Cortez, fully provisioned and eager to drop anchor in new places.