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Re: Windlass technique: use messenger/snubber line with chain?
A one direction windlass is called a freefall windlass and is (was?) actually very common. You just ease up on the brake and the anchor and chain freefall out until you reach the desired scope. Our windlass does both and we rarely, if ever, use the power down function as it's way too slow to get one's anchor to the bottom where you actually wanted it.
Sorry, I can't help with your idea as I consider anchoring with all chain (with a snub line) a cheap insurance policy which allows me to sleep well at night.
Makes sense as my experience has been on very large boats with two way windlasses or smaller boats with no windlass. Even large race boats with no windless. I agree about all chain wholeheartedly. If this is more than daysailing to you then getting to an all chain solution is the best course but to each his own.
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