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Join Date: Nov 2008
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Re: Manual or Electric Windless??
If you elect the manual windlass, the first time you have to retrive and re-deploy the anchor two or three times in lousy weather to get a set; or waken in the middle of the night and have to hoist and reset in a blow/rain, you'll rue the day. BTDT.
A reliable, strong, windlass with a capstan for warping is a god-send. I also agree that deck mounted controls are a mistake. They invariably fail and, equally invariably, at the most inconvenient times. We have a hand held controller that connects to a water-proof fitting in the anchor locker with a 3 meter coiled cable as well as a wireless controller that I hook to my belt with a short lanyard. We always use the wireless controller, with which I can launch and recover the anchor from anywhere on the boat, but have the wired control at the ready, just in case.
I further suggest that a vertical windlass with a reversing solenoid and without a captured chain is the best alternative as one can service bow rollers on either side of the head stay and lead warping lines, through snatch-blocks, from any direction. In any case, a good chain lock/stopper to relieve the load on the windlass when it is not being used is also wise.
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