Originally Posted by Dockhead
I like it. It's even more expensive than my Kong, but it appears to have a big advantage in that it tilts as well as swivels. I like it -- very clever design.
I took some photos today. Buying
this was quite extravagant for us, but I had just switched from 35' of chain to 110' of chain for the deep E Caribbean anchorages
. Being that I was pulling it in hand over hand, and I would be BEAT by the time the anchor
met the roller, I wanted the easiest possible glide over the roller.
The fact that it was on sale
at the SSCA meeting, along with some rationalizing, made me decide to do it. They're mighty nice! This one is now 6 years old, with half of that time spent on the bottom... even in Trinidad!
of pulling up the hook, was in St Thomas, as a "just anchored" cruise ship
was swinging into the anchorage, guaranteed to "TAKE OUT" every boat
on our end of the 40' deep anchorage. EVERYONE was screaming and getting the hell out of the way! I had to get the boat
underway within TWO minutes or be crushed! This was when I decided that my "pulling up the tackle manually" years were about over. The rest of the way down island was buying parts
for the windlass
, that we'd install in Trinidad.
WHAT a change! It took the drama out of upping the hook, and extended our cruising.
Oh, I forgot my point... My originally thinking that I could still pull in 110' of chain on a regular basis, with a bad back, was wishful thinking at best!
The fancy swivel was nice, but not MAGIC. I still needed to make a change to a windlass