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post #11 of 12 Old 07-22-2006
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While I don't mind the effort in using a manual windlass, and prefer to have as few "gadgets" as possible, as a singlehander, I installed an electric with a up/down cockpit switch, and an up switch at the bow. That way, I don't have to worry about being in two places at once.

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John: Honestly, it does not take a lot of effort. I am by myself a lot on the boat. The advantage of all chain is that you don't have to back down on the anchor the way you do with anchor/rope set ups. So you can coast up to your spot and then go forward and drop hook quite effectively. But I agree with your point, my last boat had a set-up like yours and it was much less effort. But I am sold on the manual windlass. (My battery loves me for it).
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