The V4 should be fine, if you use it correctly.
1. Use the windlass ONLY to lower and raise the anchor;
2. DO NOT use the windlass to break out the anchor;
3. DO NOT use the windlass to pull the boat up to the anchor in a headwind; and
4. DO NOT use the windlass to secure the chain to the boat; use a proper bridle
and a chain stopper.
Remember that although you will carry 200' of G4 chain (just as I do), you'll never be lifting all that at one time. At most, you'll be lifting a chain length equal to the water depth
plus, when you break out the anchor (with the engine
, not the windlass), the weight of the anchor itself -- less whatever buoyancy the anchor and chain have in seawater.
BTW, the Lewmar Deluxe 3/8" chain stopper is TOO SMALL to allow free passage
of 3/8" chain without jamming -- they've admitted their dimensions are wrong and are supposedly re-tooling it. The 1/2" model is massively larger, and works very well with 3/8" chain. Ask me how I know :-)