Well, it would be a way of getting the weight lower, and a little protection from the elements. The downside is more changes in direction in the rode
, meaning more potential for snags and kinks. Clearing those by hand would be fun, especially in a cramped locker. Mind you, the clear foredeck sounds nice.
I was planning on having the windlass
abaft the mast
...keeps me closer to the centre cockpit
when using the windlass, keeps the weight off the bow, easier to flake a lot of chain down into a locker in the bilge
and still have it instantly useable, and easier access for handling an anchor rode
off the stern, or a towline, or a derrick for hoisting a dinghy
or other heavy things. Downside to that is handling the rode around the mast
, and all the mud and seaweed and chain likely to mess up the deck
or damage the paint
. Rollers, a channel and a rinse tub...I like the workboat look and the practicality of a multipurpose windlass.