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Old 08-02-2010, 02:32 AM
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Hi i have a lewmar Horizon 400 windlass. I have never used a windlass before and am hoping someone can run me through the do's and donts.Including how tight etc do you snug the anchor up when retrieving etc does someone have to be on the bow to guide anchor etc, etc..thanks in advance.
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When not in use - turn the breaker off next to the switch (if you have one) in case someone bumps it.

When anchored - I tie off on a cleat, don't rely on the windlass to hold the weight of the boat.

When picking up: It will probably be helpful to you to have someone on the bow to relay what's going on below. I would suggest making it very clear to this person to keep their hands and clothing away from the windlass. I can't imagine a couple fingers getting tangled up in there...

I bump the motors forward to take weight off the line and start retrieving. Listen to the windlass motor if you can; when it starts working harder, bump motor(s) forward. When my spotter tells me I'm straight over the anchor, and the line is pulled tight, I let a wave pop the anchor, back off and resume retrieving line. Being in reverse (if possible) keeps the anchor away from the hull and will wash off the hook.

Bring the chain up slowly, and let it come tight - but not torqued to the max and attach the little tether to the anchor rhode itself (main shaft), not the chain.

Every situation is different when your'e on the water - I'm sure I've missed something, but that's a general overview of what takes place on my boat. With practice, you won't even need a spotter...
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Also make sure the end of the anchor line is attached to the boat.
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Also make sure the end of the anchor line is attached to the boat.
HAHAHA is that's whats called the bitter end ...jokingg aside i have actually watched someone do that, throw the anchor in and watched the whole lot go to the bottom...it wasnt tied off...he still hasnt lived it down .
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I have too!

Last year I was fishing on my friends boat, he has one of those fancy anchors that sits flush with the bow. The guy next to us was a little further back and was bailing the Tog, we were doing nothing. My friend says to me "let a little more line out". As I was about to hit the switch I asked him if it was tied off, he said yes. I let out about five feet and we started drifting away. We were all wondering how much that fancy anchor and line was going to cost. He had another anchor so we pulled back up and dropped it. The anchor wasn't holding very well, it pulled 3-4 times then finally set. When we were done fishing we tried pulling up the anchor, it seemed stuck and took two of us to pull in. When we got it up it had a line wrapped around it, I said to myself no way can we be that lucky. We got the end of the rope and put it in the windlass, sure enough it was his. I felt real bad when we lost it even know I asked, it made my day when I saw that fancy anchor coming up.
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Also make sure the end of the anchor line is attached to the boat.
HAHAHA is that's whats called the bitter end ...joking aside i have actually watched someone do that, throw the anchor in and watched the whole lot go to the bottom...it wasnt tied off...he still hasnt lived it down .
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Fechmup pretty much nailed it, but I will add a few more things:

When lifting your anchor with your windless, make sure you are SLOWLY bumping your boat into (and out of) forward gear, so the windless motor is not straining under the weight of the hull, but rather just breaking/pulling your anchor up. Obviously, you have to be careful to make sure you don't overrun the anchor line and put it anywhere near your props at the rear of your hull. I know my manual states that you should NOT use your windless to break the anchor, and to wrap the anchor line around a cleat when at anchor, but I must admit, I do neither IF i'm in the bay with little wind or current. If I'm in the ocean, anchored, and pitching, I WILL "run" up front and tie the anchor line off to a cleat for the duration, just don't forget to untie, before you try to pull the anchor up (seems obvious, but I will either trip the windless circuit breaker OR remove the keys from the ignition to remind me. BTW, I use the later when my chum pots out to reming me too.).
I also want to mention that I NEVER use my windless/Delta setup when wreck fishing or if there's any chance of structure. I carry a spare fluke anchor (with lots of chain and line) AND a re-bar wreck anchor for such occasions. It only took me $500 for a new Delta anchor and tackle to learn that. I know guys at my marina told me I could shackle the anchor connection to the FRONT of the Delta anchor and cable ty (or bailing wire) it to the rear ("arm" of the anchor), so if it were ever to get stuck, the cable ty would break, freeing up the anchor, but I never tried it. It just seems like too much of a pain, especially when trying to lock the anchor into the pulpit. I hope that made sense? Another good item to keep on your boat is a anchor ball and ring (see LINK below)
LASTLY, I find using my ears very valuable when raising the anchor with the windless. If I hear the windless motor straining too much, i'll stop and figure out why (locked up on bottom?, sea weed ball?, etc.).

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Having an additional waterproof switch inside the anchor locker is very helpful as many times, you will have to adjust the rode pile down or spread it out so that the rope doesn't get jammed while deploying or retrieving the anchor.
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excellent !! thanks guys..going to practice in a nice sheltered quiet bay till i feel more confident..we get some very strong currents here..
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any advise on rinsing off the chain and line in the ancor locker. Do you guys take the rope and chain out after use and rinse or just run water down into the ancor locker with a drain to the bilge? Do I need to bring it out to let it dry?
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any advise on rinsing off the chain and line in the ancor locker. Do you guys take the rope and chain out after use and rinse or just run water down into the ancor locker with a drain to the bilge? Do I need to bring it out to let it dry?
You probably don't need to do this, but here's what I do. Lower the anchor and rode and spray them thoroughly while cleaning the boat. I let it sit on the driveway for a bit to dry, but not really too long. I'm really just rinsing the salt off to keep the chain from corroding too quickly.

To answer the earlier questions. The windlass should not pull the boat to the anchor, the motors should do the work. Know this, though. Most windlasses are rated for more than is needed with the boat/anchor, as many boat owners don't power the boat forward. I got my anchor hung up on an 8' long propeller shaft (with propeller), and the windlass pulled it up until I could get it unhooked. That was pretty heavy.

An experienced person at the anchor is key so they can guide you while you work windlass and motor(s).
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I don't see one thing in these posts unless I missed it - my windlass (lewmar 500 series) says NEVER to run the windlass motor for more than 15-20 seconds at a time or you can damage the motor (I assume overheat it).

Just my $.02
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Also make sure the end of the anchor line is attached to the boat.
I would add to also make sure that you have a way to cut the anchor loose, even if that rode is under tension, in an emergency.
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I don't see one thing in these posts unless I missed it - my windlass (lewmar 500 series) says NEVER to run the windlass motor for more than 15-20 seconds at a time or you can damage the motor (I assume overheat it).

Just my $.02
Really? I have a Lewmar 700 and the manual doesn't mention anything about this. 15-20 seconds is only enough time for roughly 30' of rode...
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I've got a lewmar 700 profish and routinely pull up 500 feet of 1/2" rode, 22lb rocna anchor, & 25 feet of chain. I've been advised that to let it cool off after 8 mins of continuous operation, but the longest I've ever run it is 5 mins.

I dont have the fancy selenoid, just the reversing switch and neither the switch or the windlass have ever gotten overly hot.
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Well contrary to most posts I have found keeping the anchor line tight it will go through the windlass easier and without getting hung up going into the windlass storage. Occasionally I will bump an engine into gear but do not let any slack get into the line otherwise it will more than likely jam.
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thanks for all advice guys...how about letting the anchor out and setting it any tips there..by the way i have a pilot house so is perhaps a bit more difficult than a cc to deploy the anchor (not as easy to see over bow) ??
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