Originally Posted by manyboats
So many winches have a gypsy to stbd and a drum to port w the gypsy lined up w the bow roller. What would anybody do w the drum? It's so far off center engaging the bow roller and (or with) the winch drum well to port seems not doable to me.
Eric, if the windlass is positioned far enough aft of the roller (say, 3 or 4 feet) and on center line, the resulting small angle that the rode has with the wildcat and drum will not cause problems.
Wider winches with even more space between wildcat and drum will need to placed even further from the bow roller for this strategy to work.
Here is my set up. I mounted the windlass dead center on the boat. Primary rode is 160 feet chain and 200 feet of NYLON. Drum and Gypsy both work perfectly. Note: Drum also used to haul secondary anchor mixed rode and yes, the chain is a little rough on the drum.