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Old 09-07-2011, 16:24   #1
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Windlass on a Catamaran

I am thinking about buying a Gemini Cat and I would like to have a windlass

but there is no drop only about 6 inches, how does that work on a Cat, there is no where for the chain to fall?
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Re: Windlass on a Catamran

You either mount it on a raised platform....ugly...or put it on one of the hulls.
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Re: Windlass on a Catamran

Not all cats have this issue
I have 1200mm (48 inches) of fall where the windlass mounts, just fwd of the bridgedeck flat/start of curve
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Re: Windlass on a Catamran

if you would read my post, you will see that I am talking about a Gemini.
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Re: Windlass on a Catamran

Generally, chain rodes require a minimum perpendicular fall of at least 12".
This is measured from the centre of the gypsy for Horizontal windlass’, and from the bottom of the locker deck for a Vertical windlass - hence a Vertical Windlass requires more cockpit locker depth than does a Horizontal.
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if you would read my post, you will see that I am talking about a Gemini.
Yes, nut I also read your post to mean cats have this issue
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but there is no drop only about 6 inches, how does that work on a Cat, there is no where for the chain to fall?
I was just pointing out that all cats do not have this issue, just the one you are looking at.
If you had read my post you would have seen that.
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Re: Windlass on a Catamaran

I was talking about a Gemini, I if you want to read into it, that I was talking about all Cats, so be it. If, NUT, you just want to talk about YOUR Cat, go talk to someone else.
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Re: Windlass on a Catamaran

If it had been titled "Windless on a Gemini Catamaran" it would have been clear, and those not having any knowledge to share or interest in the topic would likely have just passed it by. I opened it thinking the same thing as cat man do. I have no idea how much space there is under my windless other than it fits 100 meters of chain.

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I was talking about a Gemini, I if you want to read into it, that I was talking about all Cats, so be it.
If, NUT, you just want to talk about YOUR Cat, go talk to someone else.
Oh my, quite the hissy fit

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Re: Windlass on a Catamaran

at least having lots of chain might help our boats from blowing over in the instant 100 knot winds!

I have no advice on the gemini issue, but note that I dont have a lot of drop on my boat but have no issues with the chain run, I have 70 meters of chain so there is a lot to fit in.
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Re: Windlass on a Catamaran

Ok Larry next time I will also give the hull number in the title. I did not specifically say a
Gemini in the title,because i wanted to open my question to all cat owners but I pointed out the 6' problem was with a Gemini. Why would someone answer my question by telling me that his boat has a 48" drop? How is that any help to me? And I do not appreciate being called a nut.
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Re: Windlass on a Catamaran

We have a 2002 Gemini 105MC #753 and I installed a windless this spring and inside the anchor locker I used a chain slide made of 316 SS plate that is about 2 ft long and 10 inches wide bolted to the bow mounting bolts for the windless, it lets the chain rode slide back into the back of the anchor locker where it should be, we do need to help the chain slide back by hand some times but no big deal. We love not having to hand lift the 2 lb per foot chain and our 35 lb CQR anchor by hand, especially my wife sence I'm limited on lifting.

There is a little used forum here for Gemini Catamarans to post on so you won't get folks braging about other makes of catamarans and putting down our great Gemini's.
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Re: Windlass on a Catamaran

Wow.. Just wow.

Typically hooligan6a, people respond and give added info so when others view the thread they don't think the answer or question applies to all things. This is not a PM where you asked someone a specific question which would in turn require a specific answer, so don't get so upset that someone has offered additional details.
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