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Old 09-25-2007, 03:29 PM   #29
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thumbs up for an electric windlass, it can get you out of a dangerous anchorage much quicker (perhaps saving the boat and more) particularly if short handed. You can revert to the manual method using warp back to a primary winch if the electrics fail

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Old 09-26-2007, 06:18 PM   #30
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I have 2 Maxwells behind my staysail. One on each side for seperate lockers, and seperate anchors. A 55lb Delta, and a 66lb Bruce knockoff, Claw. The builder of the boat was working both anchors with one windlass. One in front of the net, and one behind the net inline. I seperated the 2, and put both anchors on the front crossbeam.

I also have 20 foot of cable on both controls, so I can walk up onto the bows, or crossbeam to watch the anchor settle, or be lifted. My wife will give the boat a bump forward, and then I lift a short distance, and then let the chain pull me forward. After a couple of lifts the boat will actually pick up speed, and I can steadily lift the chain.

If I am picking up more than 100ft of chain. I will have to reach into the locker, and give the chain a nudge to fall off of itself. So far I have not had a problem deploying, or retreiving the chain. I almost always put out 10/1 scope. I feel better when we leave the boat, or a squall passes over while taking a nap.

I use the bridle to bury the anchor, and a snubber as a backup to the bridle for whatever reason of failure. Nothing like getting a second chance in life, or sailing........LOLOLOL

As I posted before I use colored plastic ties, and have the lengths marked on the inside of each chain locker hatch. I always open the hatch, so I can keep an eye on the chain as it leaves, or comes back to the boat.

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Old 10-07-2008, 05:25 AM   #31
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That is a big jump from the 30ft Rawson manual windlass to the anchor gear you have now. Good big anchor gear is good insurance that lets one get a restful sleep.

Phyllis and I spent 4 years mothering Sea Urchin dive boats from Vancouver Island to Alaska from September to July. Our wooden packer built in 1919 of 50 tons had to have good anchoring gear to survive the winter storms. It had a Hydraulically driven drum winch with 80 fathoms of 9/16 cable. It worked every time. As you know, electricity and salt water do not like each other. Hydraulics has many advantages, especially in the size of winch you have. You can stall it out many times with no ill effects, it is self cooling with the long run of hoses so can be run continuously and runs at a variable speed depending on load and operator control.

APOLIMA has a SL Francis 2000 windlass installed when launched. The British electric motor has been fried by some stupid clot. The motor is being rewound as there is no local (LA) replacement, but I will convert it to hydraulic in the near future.

I believe all windlass' should have a manual backup feature.

Aside(Saw a 30ft powerboat come into Hotsprings Cove, Alaska, walk out to the bow, lower the tiny anchor hand-over-hand until it touched and tied it off. As we left we watched him row over to the springs.)

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