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Re: PS34 with Lofrans Tigres
The three 'horns' on the gypsy cone are to put the windlass handle over (one at a time) and use it as a brake when freefalling the windlass. That way you can lower the anchor as fast or as slow as you want. We only use the electric down when the anchor is already set and we need to release the snub and let out more scope. It's way too slow to get the anchor to the bottom where we wish it, if there is any wind blowing.
There is a lock mechanism on the gypsy to secure it and allow you to use the drum independently, when you release the brake cone. You should not try to use both at the same time. The holes in the drum side are to put the handle in and use the windlass as a manual windlass, should the power fail, so don't let anyone tell you a powered windlass is a bad idea. That's just ignorance talking.
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