Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Narragansett Bay
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Re: Windless usage
Our electric LoFrans has been terrific. It runs on a dedicated 24v bank. Power up and down. Each 50ft in about 35 seconds. 300 ft of 1/2" G4 chain.
Failures have not included the windlass itself, per se. I did blow a breaker once, but that was easily remedied. The biggest failure is from the chain castling in the locker and falling over on itself, making it impossible to deploy. Not the windlass fault, but said breaker trip was from the bowman trying to force it.
I like the remote control at the helm. In benign conditions I can drop and weigh anchor solo.
As for the control at the bow, I despise foot controls. I most other situations, like automobiles, airplanes, etc, I swear they would be outlawed. Too dangerous. We have a wired controller than lives under the v-berth hatch. Admittedly, that's not awesome, if it's pouring rain, as one needs to open the hatch to access it. However, I can do the job from the cockpit, even if someone is on the bow monitoring and giving instructions as the chain measurements go by.
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