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Old 03-03-2019, 10:37 AM
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I'm stepping up to a 26ft boat from an 20ftr and have always pulled the hook manually. I'm usually on the boat alone and anchor much of the time and am considering a Good Windlass on the boat but am not sure if this is necessary on a 26ftr. I usually anchor in 40-80ft of water, often in a bit of current. I'd like to keep things as simple as possible but if others reckon it's a signifigant improvement I will run with installing one esp as I'm often solo. Do I stick with the buoy/ring set up?? Curious what your thoughts are on this
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Old 03-03-2019, 10:49 AM
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A windlass was at the top of my list when I purchased this last boat. Its a game changer, especially if you solo bottom fish often.
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Old 03-03-2019, 10:51 AM
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I have one on my 26 footer. To put it simply, I don’t go out if it isn’t functional. They are incredibly useful! I have a very oversized one (came with the boat), but a Lewmar 700 series is ample and isn’t that expensive for how useful it is. I’d totally do it if I were you. Wiring is simple on the smaller ones as well. I don’t think they use a remote relay block like my ProFish 1000 does. I just had to rewire mine. It looks at first complicated but it’s really not.
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Old 03-03-2019, 10:54 AM
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Windless is a must have for me.
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Old 03-03-2019, 10:58 AM
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roger that, thank you both. I don't really see any downsides and have budgeted for one already, and yes I'm usually alone out there. I'd say it's a go
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Old 03-03-2019, 11:04 AM
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roger that, thank you both. I don't really see any downsides and have budgeted for one already, and yes I'm usually alone out there. I'd say it's a go
Nothing wrong with a windlass, I have one but I frequently use an anchored ball retrieval system. Truly an ingenious idea and for under a $100 unbeatable and much faster then the windlass if your frequently hauling the anchor to change positions while fishing.
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Old 03-03-2019, 11:06 AM
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I like my v700 although it jams occasionally. I always free fall mine when anchoring to fish (60ft - 130ft). The control button pays out the line waaaayyyy too slow. Enjoy yours and don't forget the primitive way of pulling the anchor up just in case it breaks while you're on the hook.
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Old 03-03-2019, 11:13 AM
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roger that, thank you both. I don't really see any downsides and have budgeted for one already, and yes I'm usually alone out there. I'd say it's a go
I'm looking to move up from my 20' cc and like you, explored the usefulness of a windlass on the next boat. Seams that all who use them, wouldn't be without them. Another common theme was using the correct chain and rode as specified by the MFG of the windlass. Good luck with the new boat!
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Old 03-03-2019, 11:22 AM
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It’s one of those things that most people don’t want until they have one. And then once they’ve had it, they dont want to be without it.

About the only reason I’d go back to the anchor ball is if I needed a system where I could quickly release the anchor from the boat, chase a fish down, then run back to the ball and reconnect so I’m fishing right back where I wanted. This is a common approach for our sturgeon fishing on the rivers out here. Otherwise, I’ll just push the button and let the big gear crank up my anchor.
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Old 03-03-2019, 11:22 AM
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windlass and Rhodan were the two best upgrades worth every penny that I did when I ordered my boat. FWIW...profish xxx? was a $2,300 option...the Rhodan was $3,600.00
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Old 03-03-2019, 01:42 PM
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I just recommended the Good on another thread. You will not be disappointed. Besides being built like a brick shithouse they are super simple to work on with just a few very basic tools. They work better hurt than others in perfect condition.
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Old 03-03-2019, 03:23 PM
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I know that once I turned 60 a windlass was a must have unless I had some younger guys with to pull anchor all day!
Even with other people to pull anchor, you'll hit more spots if you only have to push a button to move.
Pulling that thing up with 40 feet of chain by hand takes the fun out of fishing for me.
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Old 03-03-2019, 03:26 PM
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Ugh. Trying to get setup and jump wrecks in 100’ of water I wanted to die. Should’ve gotten a windlass.
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Old 03-03-2019, 04:32 PM
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My current boat has one and its jams all the time. My next boat will not have one.
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Old 03-03-2019, 05:18 PM
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I think this is one of the most annoying parts of fishing. I would have got one but with a 20 there just wasn't enough room so I got a capstan, love it and pretty cheap. However, I will be putting a GPS trolling motor and I hope it will make it even easier. I would check out the trolling motors before I spent money on the windlass as you may rather put the money into that.
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Old 03-03-2019, 05:24 PM
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Second best thing on my boat is the windlass. First is the auto pilot. Although I can see where anchoring in very deep water, an anchor ball might be better. I don't!
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Old 03-03-2019, 05:27 PM
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Originally Posted by HOmer72 View Post
I think this is one of the most annoying parts of fishing. I would have got one but with a 20 there just wasn't enough room so I got a capstan, love it and pretty cheap. However, I will be putting a GPS trolling motor and I hope it will make it even easier. I would check out the trolling motors before I spent money on the windlass as you may rather put the money into that.
This is good advice. Our old tub has a Profish 700 windlass and if it dies, it will have another just like it short order. I also have an anchor ball and use it to pop the anchor up from 200+ feet. That makes the recovery time shorter and doesn't work the windlass (and batteries) so hard. Three things I consider essential. Windlass, radar, and autopilot. I wish I could afford a GPS motor big enough to hold our old tub. A Rhodan 84" shaft 36v might do it but space and checkbook prevents that option.
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Old 03-03-2019, 05:30 PM
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My current boat has one and its jams all the time. My next boat will not have one.
that’s like saying “the engine on my current boat won’t start sometimes so my next boat won’t have an engine”
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Old 03-04-2019, 06:19 AM
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Once you master the ball your good without a windlass. I hate maintenance and added expense.
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Old 03-04-2019, 06:24 AM
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My boat is a 34' and I have a windlass, but use the anchor ball/ring while fishing.

I only use the windlass to stow the rode before the ride back in.
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