I see you are in Niceville. Next time you are over Pensacola
way, give me a call and come look at my tried and true anchor
chain set up on my Cal 46
. Since I was originally a California
boater, I have 350' of 5/16" chain fore and aft, with two Ideal windlasses. You usually do not need that much chain around here, but I am not changing. So, I have two 350' chain rodes and one 100' also on the bow for bahamian moor.
When we were cruising full time, I would have the chain re-galvanized each 3 - 5 years, once in Mexico
, once in Venezuela
,(1993 before chavez) and once in Citronelle, AL. I replaced my foreward chain in 2010.
The Ideal brand windlasses are indeed ideal. They are driven by a Chevrolet starter motor
, of which many million have been built, are readily available and inexpensive. In the 33 years I have had my Cal 46
, I have replaced the clutch
plate liners once. I carried spare brushes
for the motors from when we left Long Beach, CA in 1988 and still have them. These Ideal windlasses were original equipment
on my boat which was launched November 1967. That's correct 47 years of hard use. You get what you pay for.
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