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Old 04-26-2011, 09:39 PM   #13
Jay N
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City: Edmonds, WA
Country: USA
Vessel Name: WESTERLY
Vessel Model: 1974 Pacific Trawler 37
Join Date: Oct 2007
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Setting anchor with the windlass question

Our anchor winch*has a*drum containing 320' of SS cable attached to 40' of 3/8 chain and a 44 lb*Delta.*

There is no easy way to set/stop the cable without using the drum brake/lock (A carpenter's clamp might work, but*it would be cumbersome and dangerous).

So, the anchor is usually set at a 4-5:1 scope (hasn't*been a problem setting), then adjusted*to 3:1 for tight*quarters if needed.*

This is a robust winch, and the*drum lock is sufficient to take the strain.* It's been through 60 knot stuff without any indication of weakness or failure.*

Anchor Steam is my anchor beer of choice.

All thru-hulls open when the vessel is in operations mode.


-- Edited by Jay N on Tuesday 26th of April 2011 09:42:09 PM
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