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Re: Sailing, safety, & size
better some glass work than loosing a boat.
We also carry a lot of chain rode. The last 15 ~ 20 foot on our main is line so I can cut away if needed. I have 300 ft. chain on my primary. Then about 75 ft. chain followed by 300 ft line on my second.
I have had 2 windlass failures. One (the last one), I was at fault. The first I attribute to poor engineering by the manufacturer. I am sure that they felt it was for a smaller boat, so only needed to be up to weekend sailing.
In both occasions it was a small inconvenience, But it still made for a change in plans.
When I purchased my boat it had a manual windlass. Thing was ceased up and could not get parts. I sent it to the recycler and installed a massive bronze mooring bit (Buck Alogoquin 7x7). This thing is much more usefull than a windlass. Can moor the boat with it or run an sea acnchor if needed. I reinforced the deck below where the mooring bit is through bolted.