I spent many years aboard my 31' Searunner
, & kept 100' of 5/16", & a #35 CQR
up front. As the chain was basically a gift. Plus there was also my Danforth, & 10m or so of chain up forward as well. Both of them with good lengths of nylon as well. In addition to a Sea-Tiger manual windlass
But the truly heavy bits were; my tool box, & my library. When I offloaded the latter from the stern cabin
, the transom lifted 5-6". Ouch, but she was weight sensitive, especially aft.
The chain helped to keep me from wandering when on the hook. Well, it, the bridle
, & a small drogue
hung off of the transom (Key). I also usually hung a plastic bucket (with reinforced handles) off of the dink's backside, when she wasn't on deck
. It eliminated her bumping the big boat, & aided in keeping the mother ship from wandering when on the hook/a mooring
As to how many batteries to keep a windlass
fed on a multi. Aside from typically running the engine
when doing such a chore, do you not have a virtual plethora of space for panels
? And thus need not carry quite so many batteries as you would on a lead mine.
One, utterly ancient, 3 sqft panel kept my system full in all but the depths of Winter's darkness. Then I'd hoist a Redwing for a day or so a week. At which point my batteries would be overflowing.
PS: In that link in my earlier post, my fingers were a touch quick. The price
was/is $1.40/ft for a 20' piece.