- Feb 26, 2009
I will make it a point to look again but, when I first checked out the boat I noticed the anchor line seemed to be half inch which, I think is too light for my boat, the chain on the anchor is definitely quarter inch!
I use 5/8” nylon with 35 feet of 3/8” chain. Ground tackle has held fast through some nasty thunderstorms. Good to have confidence in your setup; makes for worry free sleep when anchored!. the anchor line seemed to be half inch which, I think is too light for my boat, the chain on the anchor is definitely quarter inch!
Then you have time to think about it. But the reality is that 99% of the windlasses for our size boats have gypsies for 5/16" chain. That is certainly something you can research while you're thinking.My eventual conundrum is the cost of an anchor windlass and will I need larger than quarter inch chain. But, not a decision for today!
Yup, that's what's called, in engineering, "The Use of the Available." It's much easier to use one if they, uhm, actually make it! That said, of course you could change the gypsy, but why if you are in the position of needing new chain. In my case, I don't have a windlass and didn't intend to ever have to buy one, so I stayed with 1/4" chain. I actually tried a length of 3/8" I had when I first bought my Rocna. Not only did it look and feel strange but after I did the research, and wrote and posted that link, I realized just why that was. 5/16" is just fine.5/16 was my thinking too. I keep trying to research anchor windlass installs on the H34 but find very few and as mentioned everything's archived that I can't seem the access, but not something I'm losing sleep over it's not rocket science to build into the anchor locker the appropriate structure to hold the winch and associated hardware
The 34-ft hunterYou probably do not need a windlass for a 30' boat. Nice to have, I suppose, but you can easily haul it up by hand if you have a bow roller. No need to motor forward while raising it either. Just plant yourself firmly at the bow sitting down behind the anchor locker and start pulling the rode in. The boat will start moving forward and it is easy to keep drawing the line in. I am 73 and do this all the time. Spend your money on something else. Just my opinion.
Going to cost $2500 to $3000 IF you do it yourself. Approximately $2000 for the windlass, circuit breaker, control switch, drum, & gypsy, $500 for 1/0 copper cable and misc. connectors. Add to that chain, shackles, & rode and a method of mounting the windlass to your boat.The 34-ft hunter
I'm not ready to run out and spend $1,000+ if there isn't a reason
What's this, scare tactics now? Lol,Going to cost $2500 to $3000 IF you do it yourself. Approximately $2000 for the windlass, circuit breaker, control switch, drum, & gypsy, $500 for 1/0 copper cable and misc. connectors. Add to that chain, shackles, & rode and a method of mounting the windlass to your boat.
Definitely not an inexpensive or easy project; did mine 9 years ago installing a Lewmar V2 vertical windlass.
9 years ago...That was before Copper went through the roof. I did my Lewmar V3 in 2018. If I remember correctly, in order to get the desired voltage (with 3% or less drop) the 20ft from the batteries to the windlass and put the proper connectors on the cables, the cost for the copper wire was almost as much as the cost of the windlass.$500 for 1/0 copper cable and misc......did mine 9 years ago installing a Lewmar V2 vertical windlass.
Yes. I believe the buildings had wire connectors loosen, heat up and burn the buildings down... Maybe not all of them, but it was an issue with bad installation. Aluminum wire is not suggested for marine installations. Neither is solid single lead wire, like the copper wire used to wire your house.when some buildings were wired with aluminum wire