Originally Posted by Sam
Would one be able to fairly easily pull of 40' of chain with 35# anchor, albiet with the aid of a drum windlass for line section? I would think so myself? Larger thanb 35#?
It all depends on your physical condition. I had to pull our 44# anchor up by hand when the big no-name windlass that came as original equipment on our boat lunched a couple of gear teeth. I am in pretty good shape, particularly strength-wise, but it was a chore I would not want to do on a regular basis. We have all-chain rode which means you're pulling weight all through the manual retrieve. But once that anchor left the bottom and I was pulling it and the chain between me and it (about 30-35 feet) it was not a fun experience. And this was in calm water (actually, it was the day I took my avatar photo) with no wind. Pulling the anchor by hand with the boat pitching and rolling would be something I would rather not do.
This is one reason we got rid of the heavy Danforth knock-off that came with the boat as a stern anchor and replaced it with a large Fortress. It was such a pain to use the Danforth knock-off that we rarely did even when it could have been beneficial to have it out. The Fortress, while large, is very light and so encourages its use when we need it.
On a boat the size of yours with the size of anchor you should have for it, I would certainly not want to be relying on arm power to get the anchor up and stowed.