"I've been raising 100' of 5/8 chain and a 45 pound Danforth by hand "
Whoa! At 3.7 lbs per foot of chain and 45 lbs of anchor you're pulling up over 400 lbs by hand (if you're in 16 fathoms of water), my hat's off to you. How's the back?
I've done what Tempest described on our last boat, using the engine and autopilot to motor slowly forward while pulling like crazy on the bow before the wind overpowers the ability of the autopilot to keep the bow into wind (usually after the anchor is off the bottom). Those are the times when a remote control for a windlass in the cockpit would be pretty nice.
SV Laurie Anne
1988 Brewer 40 Pilothouse
Last edited by jrd22; 12-27-2011 at 10:40 PM.