Originally Posted by MarkJ
The boats engine will *always* be on when a bow thruster or windlass is working.
PS I wanna boat big enough to have a bow thruster
Yeah, maybe for the bow thruster, but not necessarily for the windlass. In the Caribbean
I would very often sail
up to the anchorage, and sail
out the anchor
in the morning. No motor
. Sometimes do the same here on the Chesapeake.
And, what happens when your motor
is dead? Do you just call TowBoat US or the Coast Guard?
IMHO, a sailboat should be able to operate its windlass with or without the engine running. So, I guess, I don't agree with Nigel on this one.
By the way, Mark, I sailed for a couple of years in Indonesia
without an engine years ago. But then, I had no windlass either and was much younger :-))
Illusion: probably makes little difference if the engine is running. But, if you like to sail on or off anchor
, or believe that some day you'll HAVE to, then the deep cycle battery solution works well. At least, it has for me for the past 12 years. BTW, my dedicated windlass battery bank consists of two T-105 golf-cart batteries installed in the V-berth. Very short cable runs to the windlass motor, and an Iota
DLS-55/IQ4 to charge them from shore, generator
, or inverter
. Can get quite a few anchor drops and retrievals with no charging