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jmcmonagle

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Windlass
« on: September 12, 2017, 04:16:15 PM »
I'm contemplating a windlass.
I can git it up but usually rather sore for about a day thereafter :-(
Looks like an expensive and rather complicated project.
Normally I would only consider a manual windlass but there is not that much available anymore.
Anyone know anything about the new Lewmar vx1?
http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?path=-1&id=3585115
Do you think the 500 watt version for 5/16 chain is good enough?
Any suggestions?

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Re: Windlass
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2017, 11:46:32 AM »
The specs look good for boats up to 40' for the Lewmar.  I was discussing a windlass install recently with one of my sailing mentors at the boatyard and he recommended installing a dedicated battery for the windlass up front. That way you only have to run charging cables to the foredeck instead of heavy copper.  An install I saw on a P323 for sale had moved all the batteries into the salon just to shorten the distance to the windlass.
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Re: Windlass
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2017, 09:30:16 AM »
I had the same thoughts about a windless.
Decided it was not worth the time or money.
My solution:
Pick the right anchor for the job
Don't anchor deep, and if I need more mojo, I run the rode up to the 2 speed winch on the mast.
FYI: 35lb CQR w/ 300"rode 5/8s 60" 5/16 chain
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       22 Danforth w/ 150" 1/2 rode 30" 5/16 chain