Originally Posted by Factor
the anchor issue is relatively easy to deal with, rolling hitch a line onto the anchor chain or roade, bring the line back to a manual cockpit winch, and wind. You may need to lead the line through an appropriately placed snatch block. when you get the hitch back to the winch tie off untie do it again. if you have two people aboard, you can do it fairly quickly as the majority opf the time is consumed tie off etc. Its not fast but it works well.
Been there done that. It does work, but its tedious.
Another twist on the same trick: use the spin halyard
if lead is fair. On my current boat, spin halyard
can be led straight to the anchor chain on the bow roller. Still tedious, but no additional blocks to rig.
Of course, you could always just buy a smaller boat more suitable for single handing. My first cruising boat was a 37' mono, no windlass
. Second cruising boat, 35' cat, no windlass. I sailed both for years without a windlass. Could haul primary Bruce + chain from a max depth
of about 35' without assistance (good exercise!). I vowed to install a windlass after I turned 50...finally did at about 53...went the full monty with wireless remote
...now Im getting fat!
Of course, hauling up by hand is not a realistic possibility for a larger cat.