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Re: Manual or Electric Windless??

I've only used my Lewmar for a single season, about 40 trips where I anchored, not a single problem. I have a switch in the cockpit and another at the bow, which is also where I use the saltwater washdown system to blast off the mud and grass. Like one of the above posters, I bring in a little bit of chain at a time, then allow the weight of the chain to pull the boat forward before bringing in a bit more. It doesn't take long before the anchor is directly beneath the bow and it usually breaks free on its own. Then it's just a matter of hauling in the rest of the chain and anchor while blasting off the mud, until it's seated on the anchor chock. Pretty neat way to get out of Dodge.


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Re: Manual or Electric Windless??

I find that the weight of the chain is only going to pull the boat forward for retrieving the anchor if winds are below 10 kts.

Conversely, with chain hanging straight down while at anchor in winds under 10 kts, there are a lot of false sets that we never know about, as you don't drag the chain, let alone the anchor.

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