Manual Anchor Windlass
I am checking out the Lofrans Royal Manual Windlass w/capstan, horizontal dbl. action.
Jeff, I have a friend who also uses his boat as the windlass. He has a heavy stainless steel ring, 6-7 inches in diam., with about a one inch opening in the ring with two small loops in each end,through which a shackle can be placed to close the ring. He brings his anchor line aft to a stern cleat, places the anchor line in the ring and closes off with the shackle. He than lashes two or three fenders to the shackle and throws fenders, ring and line over the side and than starts motoring forward down the line The fenders act as drag and first the rope line and than the chain pass though the ring until the anchor is also brought up to the fenders.
He than drags all the above aboard and stows it. He tells me he has used this trick in 120 plus feet of water, however I''ve never seen him do it. We may cruise Kodiak Island together this summer, and I will get a chance to see how this rig works.