I'm about to embark on my next major project
- installing a new windlass
- and I'm hoping to tap everyone's collective wisdom/experience/mistakes.
The boat is a CT34 (approx. 18k lbs loaded) and I have a 44 lb Rocna
. At the moment, the anchor
is attached to 40 ft of 3/8" HT chain and another 250ft of 3/4" nylon rode
. I would consider going all-chain, but I'd also like to understand whether some combination chain/rope gypsy
is worth considering. So, with the current
configuration, the windlass
would at minimum need to lift
I'd like to have an electric
windlass to make anchoring
solo easier, but I'd also like to have a manual crank option in the event of an electrical
failure or other unforeseen problems.
The locker is reasonably deep (guessing, but maybe 40' or so), but because of the deck
layout, the windlass can't be mounted directly on the centre-line to have a direct line to the bow roller. There are two bow rollers, but I can't think of a way to have the windlass service
My apologies in advance - my boat doesn't have a functioning windlass and my previous boats were too small to need one, so I don't know what I don't know...
Anyone have any general configuration recommendations (vertical? horizontal? dual gypsy
or no?) or specific product endorsements? I would like something very robust - I'm trying to only install upgrades that will outlive me.
Thanks, as always...