newbie, here please bear with me if I sound a bit stupid...
I have received terrific support from this forum in the past and was hoping to glean a bit more wisdom.
15 x 4 meter dive boat
I would love to have an electric
to raise my amazingly heavy anchor
Now the hard part.
I am located in Vietnam
, on a remote
island, and my boat
was the talk of the island having technological marvels such as demand water pump
, automatic bilge pump
switches..I think you get the idea that they are in the dark ages here.
lines are about 1 1/4 inch manilla. Nobody uses chain on anchor roads. There are hundreds of fishing
boats here and they all use anchors very similar to the one pictured below, as do I.
Currently my anchor is of this type pictured below, we anchor in sand, and weighs about 70 pounds / 30 Kg.
I have found a 12 or 24 volt horizontal windlass
For about $600.
this is rated at 1000 watts. I can get a 2000 watt for about $800.
I have 2 x 200 amp hours in series to start the engine
(24 V,) with a 60 amp alternator
and 2 X 120 amp/hours for the house batteries
in parallel with an 100 amp alternator
The anchor is raised 2 times in three hours of running when we go out.
I have no draw except running lights and nav instruments on the 12 V system, and just the engine
on the 24 volt system.
This boat weighs a whole lot ! 2 inch tropical hardwood hull
told me 50 tons ! I have not calculated the displacement
, but it might be about right !
Local conditions, we sometimes anchor in moderate current
( 1 Knot) any more and we drift dive.
Always anchor on clean sand bottom. The boat is always manned when not on solid moorings. Maximum depth
on anchor is 18 meters.
To top it off....I need to do this on a budget
, ( I know boats and budget
are mutually excursive words)...
I would be grateful for advice
on how to best put this system together.
1) I may be able to find locally a danforth anchor, how much should it weigh ?
2) If I stick with the current
anchor will 1000 watts be enough ? I can get a 2000 watt unit.
3) Should I use 10 or 12 mm rope
and how much and what size of chain ?
4) Should I run the winch
off the 12 or 24 volt system ? the 12 v can easily be reconfigured to 24 as a back up starting system. ( 2 alternators)
Any other thoughts or advice
will be greatly appreciated...
I hope I have provided enough information, if not please let me know.
Thanks in advance for your help !!!
Have to run, cannot insert photos for some reason, will return tomorrow with a follow up with photos