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Re: Electric Windlass on a 35.5?
Here are the pics of my installation.
I like having a capstan to rig a hoist for my dinghy, but the same will work without.
I had a donut pad made out of starboard at one place then took it to another to grind it down to a slant, probably not necessary but it looks better to me sitting more vertically. Then used starboard to create a channel from the windlass to the chain "locker" so as not to tear up the deck, I'm in the process of building a new channel (first one lasted 16 years with hundreds of anchoring instances) so it looks newer and I haven't added the side guides yet (just more starboard). I never see the chain hitting the deck between the windlass and the bow roller so do not put any padding there.
Use: I pull the anchor up while on my knees and so have the up/down buttons in a good place to for my knee, and flake the chain into the [shallow] anchor locker pan. I have a healthy respect for the dangers of a windlass so I like the distance, and I can also spray the washdown off to the port side from that location.
Windlass motor is underneath in the v-berth and the solenoid is mounted inside the forward cabin starboard locker. All cables then routed under the starboard bench, through the head, through the wall separating the head from the aft cabin, then over to a new breaker next to the battery switch on the port side of the aft cabin. IMO no need for a forward battery as the cables to charge it from way aft are the same size as that needed to run it.
I also ran a remote up/down switch from the solenoid to the starboard cockpit locker and I can drop the anchor from the helm without the need to be on the bow, but that won't work for bringing it up.
I have 200' of chain and then 200' of rope rode, have used this windlass hundreds of times over the past 16 years and have no regrets as to setup. The most valuable thing to me about having an electric windlass is if you don't like the anchor set, it is not a hassle to reset for peace of mind, and well worth the effort.
Hope that helps, feel free to ask questions. Good luck!
Last edited by LoriP; 06-20-2019 at 02:45 AM.