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Old 12-03-2009, 10:12 PM   #1
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My wife's getting me a windlass for Christmas........(WOOOHOOO). any recomendations on where she should go or what kind to buy? West Marine is about the only place I know of which limits the selection/price range. thanks.
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Old 12-03-2009, 10:25 PM   #2
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I have always heard to get one with "Freefall" feature.............otherwise takes forever to reach bottom when lowering....................
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Old 12-03-2009, 10:29 PM   #3
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Buy a better one... FREE FALL is a VERY nice upgrade.

I've had a cheap older Lewmar with the plastic gypsy (spool) for about 10 years. I was replacing the cheap plastic spool every couple years because theywould "strip" and not pull the rode.They offered an upgrade to stainless steel a couple years ago. I bought the upgrade and it's worked GREAT ever since.

Mine is not free fall and I've regretted it ever since.

If I did it again, I'd buy a free fall electric winch and use an anchor ball retriever almost anytime I'm in deep water, say deeper than 100 feet.

Free fall is GREAT for spot on anchoring... Anchor ball will save the motor. But in any case an electric windlass will make your buddies VERY happy.

PS... you can use a lot more chain too with an Electric Windlass. I'm using abour 24' of chainnow... it helps with setting the anchor.

PPS... if you EVER get hung up with your anchor... NEVER, and I said NEVER cleat it at the stern of your boat and try to pull it off. Local boats have been sunk while trying that... the rode stretches as you power up to try to free it, then when it doesn't work the tension on the rode will pull the stern under as you go to idle.

Don't believe me? Just ask...

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Old 12-03-2009, 10:35 PM   #4
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jim t (12/3/2009)Buy a better one... FREE FALL is a VERY nice upgrade.

I've had a cheap older Lewmar with the plastic gypsy (spool) for about 10 years. I was replacing the cheap plastic spool every couple years and they offered an upgrade to stainless steel a couple years ago. I bought the upgrade and it's worked GREAT ever since.

Mine is not free fall and I've regretted it ever since.

If I did it again, I'd buy a free fall electric winch and use an anchor ball retriever almost anytime I'm in deep water, say deeper than 100 feet.

Free fall is GREAT for spot on anchoring... Anchor ball will save the motor. But in any case an electric windlass will make your buddies VERY happy.

PS... you can use a lot more chain too with an Electric Windlass. I'm using abour 24' of chainnow... it helps with setting the anchor.

PPS... if you EVER get hung up with your anchor... NEVER, and I said NEVER cleat it at the stern of your boat and try to pull it off. Local boats have been sunk while trying that... the rode stretches as you power up to try to free it, then when it doesn't work the tension on the rode will pull the stern under as you go to idle.

Don't believe me? Just ask...

Jim
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Old 12-03-2009, 10:41 PM   #5
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He He... not my boat... but one of our member diversfound the results of this technique right next to the 3 barges I think. Body still on board, phone call had beenmade about their anchor being stuck, anchor rode cleated to the stern. The girlfriend washed up on P'cola Beach.

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Old 12-03-2009, 10:46 PM   #6
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When did that happen?
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Old 12-03-2009, 11:02 PM   #7
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I've got a NON-freefall windlass (I believe just like Jim T'). I just lift up the lever and take the rode off the the windlass and wa-la it becomes freefall. Once the anchor hits bottom we feed out some more rode, then lock it down, set the anchor, uncleat andput therode back in windlass and then start to play outthe rode until we are on the mark.

When it is time to pull it ... Anchor ball to the surface, uncleat, winch in.

As previously mention, your crew will love for the windlass. BBob
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Old 12-04-2009, 06:12 AM   #8
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If you are interested in a float ring assembly I have plenty of them. If anyone is interested just give me a call.

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Old 12-04-2009, 09:06 AM   #9
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They are not all packaged the same.



The last one I did we had to spend "MORE" money due to the way they package them.



A pair of switches forward is Very...Very useful and the way I like to install them. It will also have a switch at the helm.



Look at page 8 here:



http://www.lewmar.com/cms%5Cassets%5...sh_English.pdf



You will see the pieces missing on the drawing at the left.



Foot Deck switches, a different switch for the helm and the contactor relay.



Your looking at aprox $230 more worth of parts to make the install right and easy to use.



You do not use a windless to pull the boat around. You use the motor to move the boat and the windless to retrieve the rode.



Buying the windless is only PART of the expense. There are a lot of other expenses for stuff like cable. cable ends, new 600ft of 3 strand nylon twist, 30ft of BBB or G4 chain and there is a bunch more stuff too.

I never use the CB that comes with the windless. They always have the ones you have to cut a hole and mount them. I use the surface mount units. Another $50 expense.



Your boat may not be able to have a windless installed either. All boats are different as to access for this install and must be looked at on a one to one basis.






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Old 12-04-2009, 11:58 AM   #10
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knot enough (12/3/2009)My wife's getting me a windlass for Christmas........(WOOOHOOO).
Congratulations, once you have one, you will Never do without again!!
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