Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Home Port: Rock Hall, MD
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We've had a 1501 onboard JUNO (PSC 40 -- #46) since she was new in 2001 and it has never let us down. It seems to have more than adequate power to raise 200 feet of all chain rode and a 45-pound CQR. Usually I use a bit of prop thrust to move us forward on the anchor and then we let our forward way break out the anchor (I'd always been taught never to rely on a windlass to pull the boat up to the anchor or to rely on the windlass motor to break the anchor out. The motors aren't really built to do that).
We've noticed that after long periods of non-use or if the unit has gotten very, very salty with no fresh water cleaning, sometimes the plates have to be "broken free" before deploying the anchor. This is no big deal. You back off the clutch about a quarter turn and, with the anchor still in the chocks, engage the "raising" action. This breaks the plates free immediately and you're good to go.
To help keep some of the salt off the unit, Cynthia stitched a Sunbrella cover for it (it's great to have a wife who does canvas-work).
Though we tend to use an all chain rode, the one time I tried using rope on the smooth drum, it seemed okay (I've always wanted to try using it to haul Cynthia up the mast, but I've never had the nerve...).
For us, it has been a reliable unit. Hope this helps.
PSC 40 -- #46