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post #5 of Old 01-21-2012
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I see no real need for a windlass. My 22' Catalina has a 14# Delta with 30' of chain and 250' of nylon rode through a Catalina Direct bow roller. My chain length is more than most would use on this boat. If you need it for single-handing, I'd just use the normal 10' or so of chain and set up the rode to feed back to the cockpit. There you can raise the anchor using one of the winches. Once you are clear of land, either under power or sail, you can go forward and stow the rode and anchor.
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