Originally Posted by robert sailor
The only time the extra weight of the chain comes in is a real deep anchorage. The larger anchor should not be a big issue. Remember the windless is just for lifting chain and then finally just the depth
of chain and the weight of the anchor. Don't use it to pull the boat
towards your anchor as I see others doing every day as its not designed for that load.
First, I agree that the proposed increment of anchor weight is trivial, and will not cause any problems with the windlass.
But Robert, I keep seeing statements like " Don't use it to pull the boat towards your anchor as I see others doing every day as its not designed for that load." and I can't see the truth of them. If the rated pull is 900 kg as reported above, and conservative usage allows lifting 1/3 of that, or 300 kg, why is pulling the boat up to the anchor a bad thing? It takes far less than 300 kg to move my boat up to the anchor, even in moderately strong winds. I can do it by hand in 10-15 knots, and I'm an old fart. So, how can the windlass NOT be designed for such loads?
I know that my Maxwell
has that same advice
in the manual, but it seems that most manufacturers would really be happier if you never really used their products at all! I think it is a bit of CYA on their part, hoping that by this admonition they will defuse folks who really do overload their gear
and whine about its failing. I find that it is simple to estimate the load on the windlass by observing the rate of recovery. When the load goes up, the chain comes in slower, and with any care at all one can avoid overloading the system... whether breaking out the anchor, pulling up the boat to the anchor or just lifting the tackle from the bottom.
Hmm... sorry about the rant! This is something that has bothered me a long time and I didn't mean to vent on you!