Manual Anchor Windlass
On our 30ft, 9700# Mercator sloop we are very satisfied with the Simpson-Lawrence Anchorman windlass. It is model #0044100, vertical axis, with a #160 gypsy and a top mounted warping drum. The 1/2in.,3-strand nylon rode is spliced directly to 30ft of 5/16in proof coil chain which is in turn shackled to a 22# Bruce. The gypsy has a rope groove to grip the nylon rode but has to be "tailed" to prevent slippage. The splice will render thru the gypsy even under load. The chain is only 30ft long to reduce weight in the bow and yet importantly allows the chain to engage the gypsy before the anchor breaks out in 95% of our anchorages on Puget Sound. Once the chain is engaged no more hand tailing is required due to its 180-degree wrap and its weight of a 14in drop into the chain locker. The nylon rode naturally self-coils clockwise around a vertical 2ft length of 8in PVC pipe located directly under the deck pipe. The 8-10ins between the top of the PVC and the underside of the deck facilitates the coiling of the nylon rode. The chain portion is fed into the PVC pipe which keeps it from fouling itself and which always runs out freely. The mechanical advantage is only about 5:1 but is enough to break out the well set Bruce in most cases without using the engine. Occasional fresh water rinses and a bit of grease keeps it functioning well.