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Windlass System on a CC? Worth it?

Old 08-01-2014, 06:09 PM
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Old 08-01-2014, 07:53 PM
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I was actually surprised to see all the responses with people with small boats who have windlass systems. Glad to hear most have had good experiences. I don't see many if any around here on boats that are 23'. I personally have shied away from them due to the few friends I know that have them are always fighting with theirs - either with rope tangles or motor issues.

As far as the wife retrieving the anchor, well her participation is watching me pull it up and tossing it in the anchor locker after I have idled up above the anchor and broke it loose. Obviously on big sport fisherman and cruisers they are a must have.
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Old 08-01-2014, 09:09 PM
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There are three things I want on every boat I own.

Windlass
Radar
Autopilot

This is in addition to the required Vhf and GPS/Chartplotter
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Old 08-02-2014, 03:34 AM
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Originally Posted by saltwaters View Post
There are three things I want on every boat I own.

Windlass
Radar
Autopilot

This is in addition to the required Vhf and GPS/Chartplotter
This pretty much sums it up for me too. Each one I had said 'who needs it' but when I had boats that had them I now say 'How did I live without them'! Mostly the windlass is very useful for me when out alone. Makes using the boat so much easier. As far as rode tangles, I usually let mine way out every so often and try and keep a little tension on the line when retrieving.
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Old 08-02-2014, 07:00 AM
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My father told me the reason to have kids was so you don't have to cut the lawn. I would say its so you don't have to pull up the anchor.
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Originally Posted by greenno View Post
Windless is right up there with autopilots. I have the lewmar pro fish 1000 freefall.I was always the guy pulling up my own anchor by hand or with a ball. After I got a windless I said never again will I do it by hand, so much easier. Same thing with the autopilot I didn't know I would use as much as I do and I'm less sore after a long day fishing by not steering all day.
Windlass and an autopilot. I'll never own a boat without either of these.
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Old 08-02-2014, 03:41 PM
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I think it is a good opportunity for exercise. Also don't like how it breaks up an ortherwise clean bow line

Having said that, after pulling for the 3rd time in 100 ft of water, I do think about it sometimes...
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Old 08-02-2014, 06:13 PM
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Originally Posted by GASeminole View Post
I think it is a good opportunity for exercise. Also don't like how it breaks up an ortherwise clean bow line

Having said that, after pulling for the 3rd time in 100 ft of water, I do think about it sometimes...

Put an anchor max on your boat. Can still put the anchor away.
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Old 08-02-2014, 09:03 PM
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I don't have one on my boat, my buddy has one on his. We never use it. Anchor ball is good for me.
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Old 08-03-2014, 06:05 AM
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Originally Posted by TwentyFourSeven View Post
I have had both a windlass and the maxwell anchor max. The anchor max is just a wheel you give the rope a couple wraps and hit the button. The anchor max is the best of both worlds. Clean look of no anchor on the bow but also a anchor puller when needed.
Anchor ball and bring it to the surface then use the windlass to reel in the line.
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Old 08-03-2014, 06:45 AM
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Brett, you ever use that thing when you had my boat? I loved having that little Anchor Max.
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Old 08-03-2014, 08:29 AM
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A couple of things that I did when I added the windlass that I'd recommend. Go with the 8 plait line, big difference in how it lays in the locker. And, I installed a $40 remote from Harbor Freight which makes single handing it much easier.
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Old 08-06-2014, 12:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Karl in NY View Post
When Lewmar (or, most other windlasses) see stripped gears and broken shafts, their warranty will be worth shit...read the owner's manual about cleating-off the rode.

There are a few drum windlasses and worm-gear drive ones, that specifically state that no
cleat is needed. Pretty rare in the US, at least...and hardly cheap, either.
My set-up is cleatless. 4 yrs now and have never had an issue or any slip aside from the original (improper mount) failing. I don't have a remote because I have two switches, one at the helm and one right next to the compartment, I've only had to use the bow switch a few times when the boat was shallower on slack tides, I just hit up with my left hand and fed the line with my right. I was on a buddies boat last week without a power pole or windlass and realized I could never go back to living without either again! Granted I'm a few feet longer than a 23', I don't think the windless ruins my bowline look at all, infact I don't know that I'd like what she looked like without it.
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Old 08-06-2014, 01:47 AM
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Love my windlass on my Glades.
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Originally Posted by GASeminole View Post
Also don't like how it breaks up an ortherwise clean bow line...
Depends on the style of windlass...The horizontal style, like the Lewmar ProFish series, looks like a stainless steel block on the bow...I had one on my Scout 245XSF, and it actually never bothered me...It had an "industrial" kind of look...

My favorite is the vertical style because they're sleek and nondescript, but it's tough to get those to work on smaller boats with small anchor lockers...
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Old 08-06-2014, 07:26 AM
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Its all come down to how's often u want your wife going with u!
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