I have a model 180 Simpson-Lawrence electric windlass
on my J/40. The 180 has a vertical spindle, with a drum on top (like a standard winch) and chain gypsy
on bottom. My anchor
is 55# and, with the weight of chain at depths over 15 feet (the chain is 20 feet long), the combined weight of the anchor
and chain pulling on the anchor rode
is too much for me to handle without mechanical assistance.
My problem is how to transition from the anchor line to the chain on the windlass
. I can stop the windlass just as the chain gets to it, but then I can't exert enough force on the chain to pull it up 6 or 8 inches and set it into the gypsy
teeth. I assume there is a technique to do this, but the owner's manual is silent on the matter. Anyone familiar with the problem -- and the solution?