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post #8 of Old 09-26-2012
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Re: Using a unidirectional electric windlass

The only other thing I would suggest is keep your hands away from the chain. I have a nice scar on the left thumb from when I learned that lesson.

Paying out the chain as your reverse is essential. Mark the chain and lower enough to hit the bottom, then reverse slowly as you lay out suffficient chain. Use a nylon line as a snubber with slack between the windlass and the snubbing line. Then dig in the anchor at 1500 rpm while taking bearings, then with the engine still running grasp the snubbing line forward of the bow roller; if there is no vibration - you are set.

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