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Windlass System on a CC? Worth it?

Old 07-31-2014, 01:25 PM
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Default Windlass System on a CC? Worth it?

Now that I'm working with a new dealer to place a custom boat order, I'm heavily considering adding the option of a Lewmar Free-Fall Windlass system to my order on a 23' CC boat. Having my wife attempt to get the anchor out and toss it in on our previous 26' CC was always a bit rough. In theory, a windlass sounds like the easiest way to take some of the stress out of anchoring out our favorite local island. But do these systems hold up? Or just create more headaches? Anyone have one and love it?
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Old 07-31-2014, 01:32 PM
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Had the Lewmar Pro-Fish on my Scout 245XSF, and absolutely LOVED it....
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bought my first boat with a windlass 2 years ago.. Dont know how I went the last 30 without one, no more getting soaking wet, fumbling with hundreds of feet of line just sit back and push the button. selling boats without a windlass should be a crime. some may call me lazy but Im perfectly ok with that.
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I thought I wanted a windlass for my CH31 (and bought one for but did not install on my CH 27. I usually get in deep water and drift.) Then I got an anchor ball for this last trip to the Keys. After using it a few times in 60 to 120 feet of water, I am not so sure I want a windlass any more.

It was easy to use. It took up no space on the bow deck, no wiring to worry about, no extra holes in the boat, no expense of the windlass and installation, no trip hazard appliance on the fore-deck to break up the smooth (flat) surface.

Did I mention that the anchor ball was really easy to use? (Just make sure you get a QUALITY retrieval ring!)
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I bet someone once said, Should I order power steering and brakes on this car?

Do it.
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Old 07-31-2014, 02:58 PM
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get it...you will never regret it
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Old 07-31-2014, 03:05 PM
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I also think the anchor ball is easy but the OP mentioned the intended use was to ease his wife's retrieval of the anchor.

DO IT!
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Old 07-31-2014, 03:37 PM
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I put one on my 21 foot WA.

I swear I'll NEVER drag my own anchor up again by hand, worth every cent...

My only issue ive faced is the anchor rode thats braided to the chain costs 2-300 and I have had to have one replaced already for coming apart (under warranty, west marine box says something like satisfaction guaranteed without a time limit)

I usually have to do everything solo on my boat so I have no one I can trust at the helm or anyone that wont smack the hull with the anchor either...
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These replies have definitely swayed my decision. I'll be ordering the boat with the windless installed from factory. I guess the next question is, what's the reliability of these things? Hopefully they last a few years.
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The windlass on my Sea Ray served me for 10 years, and is still in operation with the new owner...There's no reason they shouldn't last for a long, long time...

By the way, getting it from the factory is the only way to go...On a lot of boats, installing one after-the-fact is a nightmare...
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wife has 2 item request list for new boat, a real marine head/ toilet and a windlass....keeps her happy and me fishing....need i say more?
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Old 07-31-2014, 06:58 PM
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It is a COMPLETE NO BRAINER.

You are smart to get one. The time the wife lowers & raises the anchor with the push buttons. Will be the best time of your life in the cuddy cabin. Make sure the bed is made up.
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I put one on my Express. We do a lot of island hopping. Best thing I put on the boat after the bowthruster
I watch all my friends with their wives up front struggling with putting out the anchor and pulling it in when coming and leaving. Makes for some comical conversation sometimes especially when the wind and current are running fast.
You won't regret it. Money well spent.
Just make sure to ease forward when retrieving to take the strain off the windlass motor.
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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.
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I appreciate all the responses here! Definitely made this an easy decision for my boat order. I've never had a windlass or an anchor roller; So just out of curiosity, is there a lot of clanking noise when riding through chop with the anchor pulled snug into the anchor roller?
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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.
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Get the wireless remote if they offer one. I have an Anchorlift stainless Barracuda w/ wired and wireless... Wireless is awesome!
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Originally Posted by Cimper43 View Post
I put one on my 21 foot WA.

I swear I'll NEVER drag my own anchor up again by hand, worth every cent...

My only issue ive faced is the anchor rode thats braided to the chain costs 2-300 and I have had to have one replaced already for coming apart (under warranty, west marine box says something like satisfaction guaranteed without a time limit)

I usually have to do everything solo on my boat so I have no one I can trust at the helm or anyone that wont smack the hull with the anchor either...
I make my own now for this reason. They are not very hard to make and you save a TON of $$$$
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I think for anyone that takes a boat to waters any deeper than 10 or 15 feet, a windlass is one of the best investments ever. Especially if you move from spot to spot when fishing.
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Originally Posted by chrispnet View Post
get it...you will never regret it
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