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Old 01-13-2015, 12:13 PM   #21
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I can strongly recommend AutoAnchor...I have their original model and it operates flawlessly (and I use the anchor frequently). The auto-set and auto-retrieve functions are very handy (though you don't have to use them) and the counter itself is very accurate. Installation is easy, too. And the remote wireless handset can also be set up to operate another device, for example the anchor washdown pump; or docking lights; or the thruster (which is what I've done...means someone picking up a mooring buoy can wear the remote around their neck and when the bow is at that point where the buoy cannot be seen from the helm, the last few feet of adjustment can be done with the thruster by someone out on the pulpit).

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Old 01-13-2015, 02:20 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by dach side View Post
Or, you could time how many feet per second (or seconds per feet) as you deploy your anchor, and use that to calculate how much chain is deployed. No drilling, messy epoxy, etc., you just need a memory(sigh.....).
Yes: "one one-thousand, two one-thousand, ..."


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Old 01-13-2015, 02:31 PM   #23
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I've had two different chain counters go kaput on me on previous boats. Both times the magnet disappeared. I grabbed colored electrical tape and wrapped it every 20 ft. on a link.

Hasn't failed once.
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Old 01-13-2015, 09:30 PM   #24
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The magnet is easily replaced. The one that came with mine rusted and lost a chunk, then would not activate the reed switches. A replacement was so expensive it was a joke. So I ordered a minimum quantity of ferrite barrel-shaped types off the iNet, which are 10mm x 10mm, (i.e. twice the side of the original) and the one I replaced it with (see pic 3 in my post above) is still going strong, and certainly activates the reed switches in no uncertain way. So, as the minimum order for ~ $10 was 50, I have 49 left. PM me your address and I'll send you one.

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