Re: Sailing, safety, & size
Agree with above -never use the windlass to break free. Fortunate that we get to anchor in mud most often. Further agree wave action is usually sufficient. Always remember to use snuffers as never want to pull the windlass out of the deck. Sorry if I gave that misperception.
Sure wish this thread got back to Greg's apparent original intent- what size is best/safest for use by average cruising families and couples doing coastal, occasional passages like New England to US/BVIs and rare voyages like to Azores? At what size does size becomes a hindrance on a day to day basis?