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Re: Singlehanding a UP 36
Anchoring doesn't really change with the size of the boat, just the size of the tackle. All the principles are the same. If you are anchoring a lot, as we do, more than 300 days a year, you would probably want all chain and a good quality electric windlass.
Folks will try to steer you toward a manual one siting reliability as the main reason. Funny though, the manual back-up on most good windlasses is just the same as the manual one: a long handle!
The real difference is that an electric windlass should pull your gear in at around 60 feet a minute, and nobody is going to get a manual one to do that. That means that between the time your anchor has broken free and is housed, your boat, which you are single-handing, will be at the mercy of the elements (not under command) a shorter time. Seems a cheap insurance policy to me.
As far as the size of a boat goes, the bigger it is the slower it reacts to your intentions. That means you actually have a little more time to make your maneuvers when docking.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
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