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Re: Manual or Electric Windless??

Originally Posted by Ninefingers View Post
Quick question!

Some of you use the electric windlass while single handed. If it's not rated to pull the boat towards the anchor, how do you use to retrieve? Do you just assume that 1 knot of bot speed is about what the windlass retrieves at and motor forward at that speed?
In light air, I pull the rode until I come to chain, then use the windlass (if I use it). If there is wind, I run the rode back to the cockpit and use a winch and steer/throttle. Once I am more or less over the anchor, I take the rode forward and finish off with the windlass. Not sure what I would do if I had all chain rode.
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