Re: Hunter 37.5 Windlass
A friend with a 37.5 just installed a windlass last week. He had to install it with the motor/drive in the V berth area and fashioned a small channel to lead the chain back into the chain locker. This also required a notch in the anchor locker lid.
It was not an easy install and he's continuing to have some trouble with leaks by the gypsy.. in his case unfortunately leaking into the V berth area.
In hindsight he may be wishing he'd taken an approach I've seen before.. cutting the anchor locker lid in half, permanently mounting the forward half and installing the windlass in that. Might be something you'll want to consider. Having that hardware hanging off the overhead in the V berth would irk me, probably end up building a box around it just to hide it.
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"