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post #7 of Old 09-26-2012
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Re: Using a unidirectional electric windlass

You do not specify if you anchor in shallow (20ft or less) or deeper anchorages. I have a similar "one-way" windlass and anchor in shallow places. Even though I am getting a bit older now (68), I let the anchor and chain out by hand (in shallow places). I can actually feel the anchor touch the bottom and then start paying out the chain as the boat drifts down (with some reverse power if necessary - just a short burst to have some momentum) until I have the required scope and then power in reverse to ensure the anchor is well set.

The reservation I have of just "letting loose" is that you may have a whole bunch of chain falling on top of the anchor, increasing the potential for fouling it as you start to back down.
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