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One other thing about windlass installations. You generally need to install a chain stopper and a large cleat or mooring bit to snub the anchor rode to, as the windlass is generally not designed to take the load of an anchor rode in use. Both of these should be backed by a substantial backing plate when they are installed.
Also, if you don't have a bow roller, installing one now would be a good idea. It should also be backed with a solid backing plate. This can make deploying and stowing the anchor much easier, since many anchors can be stowed and deployed from bow rollers, depending on the design. A few things to look for in a bow roller—high cheek plates to help keep the rode in place, a pin to hold the anchor in the roller when stowed, and if your anchor requires it for deployment, a pivoting design. Some of the newer anchors, like the Rocna, have fairly substantial stocks and you really will need to check to see if the roller will fit your primary anchor.
I recommend 5/16" aluminum or 1/2" marine plywood. I prefer the aluminum, since it is thinner and fairly easy to work with. Don't forget to use lanocote or some other anti-galvanic corrosion barrier between the fasteners and the aluminum backing plate.
If you are going to use an all chain anchor rode, it is generally a good idea to have a long nylon snubber line, preferably 45-70', so that you can use a chain hook and tie the snubber line off to the cleat. All chain rode tends to put too much shock loading on the boat's ground tackle otherwise.
The reason I recommend such a long snubber line is that you can let out more scope if necessary without having to bring the rode back up, remove the chain hook and then re-attach the chain hook once the rode has been lengthened. It simplifies the procedure and makes it a bit safer as well IMHO.
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Last edited by sailingdog; 03-11-2007 at 03:58 AM.