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Electric Windlass on a 35.5?

I need help from anyone who has put a windlass on a Legend 35.5. I will be single-handing so having the chain drop down under the V-Berth would seem the best plan. If you have advice, pictures or any support it would be greatly appreciated. (I did see the post by A Lopez, but could not reach him via the email given.) Thanks for any help.
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Re: Electric Windlass on a 35.5?

Don't know the boat... but its architecture at the bow is very important. Without an anchor locker the chain ends up inside the boat and likely under the V berth or forward of it but open to the V berth. These are not ideal. The chain needs to stack and not pile up and when it does you need to unfoul it which is why an accessible from the deck is what works.

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Re: Electric Windlass on a 35.5?

Thanks for your response. I have been on a few boats with electric winches and anchor lockers that are very shallow, and it is necessary to stand at the locker and spread or feed the chain every 10 feet when pulling it up. This is fine on a blue sky day, but as a single-hander, you want something that works without having to stand over it and knock it down. That is why I am asking if anyone on this model has used the V-berth locker, so there is 3 feet of drop, added a drain hole and if it all worked out well for them, or not
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Re: Electric Windlass on a 35.5?

I agree that having a shallow drop is not ideal, but i'd be concerned about the chain fouling somehow in an area you can't readily get to (don't know exactly what your arrangement is but the V-berth seems like it would be tough to reach in an emergency). How deep is your existing anchor locker?
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