Hi All -
I sail a 30 yr old CAL 39 MkII (Jensen Marine) that I just bought this past July. One of the things needed is for me to replace the old, cranky manual windlass
with an electric (12V) type. The existing windlass
is mounted in a line
locker directly below the foredeck triangular hatch
cover. I'd like to mount the new unit on top of that hatch
cover at deck level by reinforcing the hatch
above and below with starboard or another material, but at least one person has said that the hinges
on the hatch
won't take the load and advised against it, saying I should mount it below deck in that line
locker above the chain locker that the boat's original design apparently called for. My engineering analysis is that the direction of the chain/rode load on the windlass
will be in
the plane of the reinforced hatch cover and therefore not tending to pull out the hinge
mounting screws. Any thoughts on positioning and whether a vertical or horizontal windlass
would work better?
Thanks to all you more experienced salts out there for taking time to give me your opinions.