That's why you're supposed to have a chain pawl on the foredeck... so that if the windlass dies, you can have some help hauling the damn anchor back aboard.
Do be honest, no !!! When I got the damn anchor nearly on board I slipped and had to redo the last 20'. Oh my that was painful.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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Still—DON'T READ THAT POST AGAIN.