I have no windlass
on my boat at present. I have an old ABI single
speed manual windlass
sitting on the garage shelf I have planned on installing. It is the roundish style. It is fairly low profile and could be mounted inside the anchor
well and still allow the lid to close. Recently, I have been considering changing plans to a two speed SL 555 style (or better yet an ABI bronze) windlass
. It would have to be mounted on deck
. Might be easier to use rather than fooling with the lid, but would be in the way to some extent and snag sheets
My prior boat had a two speed manual windlass
and all chain 5/16" rode
and I usually just pulled the chain by hand, using the gypsy
primarily for its ratcheting feature. Much faster than cranking the handle and I did not mind the physical exertion. I erxpect most people use the high speed and only rarely the lower speed. I do not know the gear
ratios on either windlass which is probably a critical issue.
I know there are many proponents of electric
windlasses, but I have a smaller boat (15K displ) and prefer simplicity.
Seeking input on two aspects-
vs in anchor
vs two speed - how useful is low gear
and does anyone know the relative ratios of the ABI single to hi gear on a two speed?