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Vertical Windlass Install

Discussion in 'Catalina 30' started by Ron Allen, Nov 16, 2017. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. Ron Allen

    Ron Allen

    Joined Jun 27, 2005
    19 posts, 0 likes
    Catalina 30
    S/V Chinook US Cape Coral Fl
    Does anyone have information on how to install a vertical windlass on a 1989 Catalina 30?I have seen some where the anchor locker is cut but no details were included. Thanks All
     


  2. Bob Mc

    Bob Mc

    Joined Apr 7, 2012
    33 posts, 0 likes
    Catalina 28
    US Worton Creek, MD
    Ron, here's a pdf of how it was done on a Catalina 28. I hope it helps get you going in the right direction.
    Bob
    C-28+Windlass+Install-3.pdf
     

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  3. BillyK

    BillyK

    Joined Jan 24, 2010
    334 posts, 1 likes
    Catalina 30MKII
    US Ocean City, NJ
    why go vertical rather than the horizontal install the way the anchor locker is designed to be?
     


  4. Bob Mc

    Bob Mc

    Joined Apr 7, 2012
    33 posts, 0 likes
    Catalina 28
    US Worton Creek, MD
    BillyK, I would definitely go horizontal too. I have this saved to think about the install and beefing up the anchor locker lid if I decided to put a windless on my Catalina 28 (and he did ask about vertical).
    Bob
     


  5. pateco

    pateco

    Joined Aug 12, 2014
    2,013 posts, 525 likes
    Hunter 31 (1983)
    US Pompano Beach FL
    I have also been thinking about a windlass for my 1983 Hunter 31. It looks like there are similar issues to yours. I was thinking of mounting a horizontal one with a welded/bent aluminum frame below the deck, and cutting out an oval on the forward edge of the hatch for a clear chain rode entrance. I would have to add a small piece of stainless sheet to the bow to protect the deck from the chain, as it drags across.
     


  6. pateco

    pateco

    Joined Aug 12, 2014
    2,013 posts, 525 likes
    Hunter 31 (1983)
    US Pompano Beach FL
    I finally got around to taking a picture of the anchor locker. What do you think of a vertical windlass like this:

    Windlass 700.jpg
    mounted towards the front of the locker extending through the hatch.

    2018-04-07 17.02.36.jpg
    If I have it mounted so that it protrude through the hatch, and I remove the board that is crossing from side to side, it should allow the chain to drop into the deepest part of the locker. I would need to move or abandon the below deck cleat.
     


  7. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    5,601 posts, 1,895 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    @pateco Chip the chain strips going forward. It makes a 180 around the windlass gypsy. So you might want to build it into the locker on back side not the front. I would look at a few installs in your marina to get an idea what others have done.
    I understand that if you can install the motor in a dry space you will have less corrosion over the years. I am looking at positioning my windlass with the motor over the V berth behind the hatch to the anchor locker.
    The chain drop will be in the anchor locker in front of the bulkhead into the anchor locker.
     


  8. Sanfelice

    Sanfelice

    Joined Jan 21, 2009
    186 posts, 9 likes
    Catalina 30
    US Lake Perry, KS
    I would use a horizontal windlass. The large outcropping in the starboard aft locker I believe was designed for the installation. The walls are extremely thick, about 1in.. While I don't have a windlass, I opened up the top for an inspection port and put a large cleat in there to fasten the anchor line. The walls are about as thick as the deck.[​IMG]
     


    Last edited: Apr 12, 2018
  9. pateco

    pateco

    Joined Aug 12, 2014
    2,013 posts, 525 likes
    Hunter 31 (1983)
    US Pompano Beach FL
    The problem with putting it at the rear, is that the chain/rode would have to cross the hatch on the way to the windlass, making it impossible to open the hatch and clear any jam while recovering the anchor. I suppose I could keep the hatch open for dropping and recovery activities. Additionally, I have no interior access to the anchor locker, and a smooth gelcoat headliner in the V-berth. Below is a picture of someone else's H31 V-berth to show the underside of the anchor locker.
    Vberth example.jpg
     



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