Re: Manual or Electric Windless??
We anchor a lot (liveaboard in the Bahamas) with a 45lb anchor and 200' of chain. We have a two speed manual (old sea tiger) with a 4' bar. In the high speed slot it hauls in a foot for every double stock. At slow speed it draws in about 6" for each double stroke but pulls our 30K lb boat forward.
We usually take our time, both setting and hauling the anchor, so the added time has never fussed us.
I admit there are times I wish I had a powered windlass, but the one I desire/need for our boat is out of our price range at this time. If we find our physical condition deterioate we will likely make that plunge, looking at a horizontal lofrans or ideal.