Re: Using a unidirectional electric windlass
I agree that one has to be careful when handling the chain (whether going up or down). I wear thick gloves to avoid getting a finger digit caught in any chain link. Again, when working in shallow water, the weight of anchor and chain can be easily handled or you can even let it slide through your hand (properly gloved) rather than just have a race down (when it will be difficult to get it back under control).
But, when working in deeper water, there is little alternative to let anchor and chain. Remember, though, once a certain amount of chain is down, so much weight may be at work that the much, or all of the chain may well go down before you get it back under control.