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Old 06-17-2010
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Raising anchor w/ winches

Hypothetical situation: Assuming calm water with a light breeze. You are anchored out on 100+ ft (about 30m) of chain, 40 ft (12m) to the bottom, with a 100+lb anchor, and the windlass breaks so that it cannot be used. All that chain is going to be heavy so you decide to use a warp (right word ?) to pull the anchor up using a winch in the cockpit.

My question is - how is this done ?

I imagine you are bringing the anchor up in stages, attaching the warp to the chain at the bow of the boat and turning the line on the winch until you have pulled the attachment point back to the winch and need to reattach at the bow, but I am not sure what else you have to take into consideration when doing this.
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