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Old 08-04-2013, 11:33 AM
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Looking to buy a windlass for my 29' cc boat is about 7500 lbs ready to go i been looking at the v700 , v1 and pro-fish what do you guys recommend .
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Old 08-04-2013, 12:39 PM
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I have the v700 lewmar on my 29' cruiser, it's about a 12,000 pound boat loaded, I have 200' all chain road on that one, it has been great with 0 issues and it's about 7 years old,
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Old 08-04-2013, 07:57 PM
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I got ProFish-Horizontal. But I think any of the models you mentioned would be sufficient.
Highly recommended: Horizontal Windlass. The vertical windlass may be sleek with only a few parts of it showing/sticking out, but vertical has lots of problems especially if your rope locker is small and not enough clearance for rope to fall.

If however you are using all chain, then vertical is ok.
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Old 08-05-2013, 09:21 AM
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i had the profish 700 and loved the freefall on it. i have a buddy with a horizontal one and it annoys the crap out of me trying to anchor at sandbars or in tight spots and having to hold it down instead of bombs away.
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i had the profish 700 and loved the freefall on it. i have a buddy with a horizontal one and it annoys the crap out of me trying to anchor at sandbars or in tight spots and having to hold it down instead of bombs away.

funny because I feel the exact opposite. I have a profish 1000 and I like to disable the freefall when anchoring at sandbars or shallow spots to get more control over exactly how much rode I pay out. I feel the freefall advantages are in deeper water.
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well ill dump the anchor on the spot i want and back in with the stern anchor ready and have someone jump out with the stern and start winching back the slack out of the front.
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My chain is heavier than the anchor so if I free fall in deep water 100+ feet the anchor occasionally gets fouled. I may opt to put a smaller chain if I install one of these. I was looking at the Lewmar V700G. Does this unit free fall?
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Old 08-07-2013, 06:51 PM
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I have the V700 and it works great! The vertical windlass has more bite/grip on the chain compared to the horizontal windlass. I think the vertical one has 7-8 chain links on the gypsy where as a horizontal windlass has 3-4 links on the gypsy I think in the Lewmar range.
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I also prefer the Horizontal. Had several of the regular--and only one of the Pro/free fall. Since I don't fish deep water, I prefered the regular--but you can lock out the free fall. I can see when you are backing down quickly that it would be a value--but I like to set the bow before backing down....
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Originally Posted by formula29 View Post
I have the v700 lewmar on my 29' cruiser, it's about a 12,000 pound boat loaded, I have 200' all chain road on that one, it has been great with 0 issues and it's about 7 years old,
What's the reasoning behind all the chain. It sounds real good guess it would eliminate any kinking you would have
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What's the reasoning behind all the chain. It sounds real good guess it would eliminate any kinking you would have
Not sure for his specific reason, but an all chain rode on a windless has less chance of jamming at the gypsy. The splice between the chain and rope tends to get worn out after a couple of years and the windlass begins to jam at the transition from rope to chain. If you take your time and just bump the button around the splice, it won't jam.
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Old 08-08-2013, 09:29 PM
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There are problems with all chain rodes--they are heavy in the bow. The chain will "toss" that is the middle of the chain will then be over the first part of the chain--and this can be quite a mess.

I prefer 50 feet of chain max--that way the chain will be engaged when you are pulling the anchor from the bottom. You should not pull the boat to over the anchor with the windlass--power up taking up the slack, and then pull the anchor loose by powering over the anchor to break it out with the rode tight. Do not break the anchor out with the windlass. This will damage these smaller windlasses.

If you put out the bucks for the big Maxwells and Ideals, then you can use them to break out anchors...but still better to use the boat.
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I have the v700 lewmar on my 29' cruiser, it's about a 12,000 pound boat loaded, I have 200' all chain road on that one, it has been great with 0 issues and it's about 7 years old,
200' of rode, whether chain, rope, or combination, is good for anchoring in waters about 30' deep maximum with proper scope...

"My" lake is 400' deep....I can't carry enough rode to make secure anchoring practical on a 22' boat....simply no room to store that much rode to provide proper scope, so it forces anchoring very close to shore in the shallows....this pisses-off waterfront property owners (which I'm one of!) to no end.

Rule of thumb on most recreational boats is chain should be the length of the boat itself, but this often causes problems where the chain out-weighs the anchor and drops faster with windlasses with free-fall feature, often leaving the anchor upside-down and unable to grab.

Windlasses with power-down avoid this mess, but use a lot of battery capacity to drop anchor....

Everything is a compromise...maybe let free-fall, then pull it up a few feet then let the anchor settle right-side-up before trying to set it. Free-fall is the darling of fishing wrecks, to avoid drift....but there are trade-offs, too.

Also, with a proper windlass, you can often use smaller diameter rope, since it won't have to be pulled by hand...smaller diameter rode rope is often better, since it allows more stretch, but is tough on hands without a windlass. Strength vs. elasticity is a factor worth studying when it comes to anchor rodes...most people over-size diameter, with or without a windlass, greatly reducing storage capacity as well as elasticity and stretch.
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There are problems with all chain rodes--they are heavy in the bow. The chain will "toss" that is the middle of the chain will then be over the first part of the chain--and this can be quite a mess.

I prefer 50 feet of chain max--that way the chain will be engaged when you are pulling the anchor from the bottom. You should not pull the boat to over the anchor with the windlass--power up taking up the slack, and then pull the anchor loose by powering over the anchor to break it out with the rode tight. Do not break the anchor out with the windlass. This will damage these smaller windlasses.

If you put out the bucks for the big Maxwells and Ideals, then you can use them to break out anchors...but still better to use the boat.
that's good advice. you should listen carefully to your windlass motor whenever retrieving as well. you will hear the motor go under strain when the rode goes tight and starts pulling the boat telling you that you're not directly over the anchor. stop retrieving and re-position the boat, and then begin retrieving again.
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Old 08-09-2013, 06:58 AM
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I have a Lewmar V700 for two seasons now & no problems to report. Short money as well.
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Old 08-09-2013, 11:44 AM
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200 ft. for 30ft of water is just silly! i anchor in 30-40ft in 2-4ft seas and propbly dont even put out 100ft of line. I have no problem holding anchor, but i also have the proper size anchor/chain! theres a diff. between prim/propper and practical!
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Old 08-09-2013, 11:51 AM
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I just had my v700 sent back to Lewmar for repairs under warranty. They took care of it and stood behind their product!

However I would recommend going with the profish 1000. Heavier duty and I think there are less jams with a horizontal vs a vertical. Plus you can have freefall if you want it. If you go vertical, get the Lewmar 8 plait line..
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