Most 37 Tartans I know have Bow rollers so that's probably a non issue
If I was obsessed to spend thousands on an electric windlass and then the issue of stalling it I would go with the dedicated battery
The weight of the battery pales in consideration of the weight of adding heavy gauge wire the length of the boat. How large is your house bank now.
We added a dedicated group 27 AGM from Sams for Less than $100 under our V Berth and got an inexpensive iota charger which plugs into a 110 outlet in the v berth area,. Installed a simple Small Blue Seas panel to run a washdown pump and holding tank monitor. This should be enough recharge time for most who visit the slip frequently.
If it were me I would get a manual windlass. We have that and it's a cinch. Many cruisers use them as they are so simple. T37chef who has a 37 Tartan has the identical one we have. Ask him if he likes it.
I am 63...it's an easy solution...easy to use. Won't EVER break or leave you stranded. Keep it simple
This is all very helpful information.
I've never been on a boat with a manual windlass, so I have no first hand experience; but when I did some research I discounted it because it just looked like too many extra hands. What I mean by that is that all indications are that I'm going to be single handed most, if not all of the time.
It seems to take a lot of manual winching to pull up the anchor (based on the few videos I've been able to find of the Lofrans) I don't mind the physical aspect of it. But I do have concerns that when single-handed, it results in a lot of time required at the bow and away from the helm. That doesn't seem like a big deal at a calm anchorage, but I worry that if I'm trying to leave with an uncooperative wind or current, I won't be able to do so alone. With a power windlass, I'll run secondary controls back to the helm and in adverse conditions I should be able to leave an anchorage without issue.
I liked the idea of a manual windlass when I first researched it (especially the fact that there's essentially nothing to go wrong with it) but it just doesn't seem practical when I'm alone.
I'm still pretty new to this, so I'd love to hear opinions if you still feel that my approach is misguided.
My house banks are pretty standard 2 battery now. But I'm in the process of gathering information to determine what I want to upgrade to. I expect that's going to take longer to determine, as I don't have any history of my power usage yet.
And, yes, I already have a bow roller. Sorry I omitted that in the original post.