Decided I need to improve my ability to get my anchor
up after years of hand hauling the line. Trying to decide if a windless is absolutely necessary, or if a quality 5 or 6 inch winch
up on the foredeck or cabin
top would do the job.
I don't anchor
frequently, but when I do, am looking to install either of these to help me break out the anchor, and facilitate getting anchor/chain on deck
. I have a 27# anchor and 10ft of chain attached to 5/8 line – around 35-40# total weight at end of line.
is a Morgan
and the chain locker is not very large, so trying to position a windless right up near the anchor roller assembly would end up dropping the rode
down into the forward area of the V berth aft of the chain locker. I have spotted a place about 4 ft back from the anchor roller assembly, that would be a good place to mount a winch
. The cabin
top on the Morgan
is solid and close to a 2 inch sandwich, so I'm confident in the ability of making a strong installation
(with backing plate) for a winch.
In theory, one could bring the anchor line back to a jib/Genoa winch, however, its a long run, and if you have to finagle something with the anchor/line while cranking it up...its easier to do if you're up on the fore-deck.
Wondering if others have had reasonable success in using a winch vs windless to help get the anchor and rode up – tips...ideas?