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Old 04-08-2003
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Install electric windlass

I just acquired a used Ideal CWM horizontal electric windlass. It fits nicely on a plate attached over my bow sprit of my Westsail 32. It fits nicely between the staysail boom post and the Samson posts.

My question is should I use option 1 or 2 below or other to provide power.

Option 1 - Mount a battery dedicated to the windlass in the bow area. There is no ovious location. The battery can be a mosest size as it is only expected to operate for about 5 minutes when retriving the anchor. Will require fairly heavy wire from alternator to charge it.

Option 2- Power the windlass from existing house golf cart battery bank usiing separate switch and breaker. This will require heavy heavy battery cable for the approximately 50'' run of plus and minus cable.

Additional components needed for either option are the control switch and power solonoid.

The cost difference doesn''t seem too great between options at this point and probably not the biggest factor. I am lookinig for safety and ease of installation.

Thanks your for experience, ideas and opinions.
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