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Electric Windlass Installation
I second everything Jeff said and would like to add that the electrical supply issue depends on the amp draw of the unit. Some units can draw over one hundred amps and do require a battery install up forward but you still are not out off the woods. After using the windless, the recharge of the batt. can draw alot also so, the wires for that have to be sized to acomodate the current. You probably won''t run into that problem because your boat won''t require a large unit. I suggest a unit with a wildcat with a lift capacity of four-fifty to five hundred lbs. With a smaller unit, the install is much easier and the amp draw is much less. You don''t really need a large windless for the size of your boat.
As far as the size, like so many other issues, it pretty much depends on where you intend to be and what your road consists of. If your going to be anchoring in water thats say up to twenty feet or so, you wont need a large unit. (for your boat). Twenty-five feet of five sixteenths hi-test chain will insure that when the unit is under load chain will be running through the wildcat. (If you have chain rope road).
As far as room, thats where it gets sticky. Like Jeff said says and with a number of installs under my belt I can also say, If your fordeck won''t redely accept the install, you are looking at alot of work! You will most likley have to at least install a roller or platform and might, probably will on a thirty -one foot boat, need to mount the unit below deck. If a batt. needed up fwd then you have to have room for that.
There''s more, but I''ll stop here.