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  1. EuroDriver

    97 Sunesta 232 electric windlass project

    I have purchased a GX-2, had delivered to NYC, packed it into a suitcase and brought it back to Europe. In the New Year I am going to cut an opening under the bow and also cut away the walls of the storage bin so that the GX-2 will fit in the space I have a Bosch oscillating multitool that should be able to cut a nice rectangular hole https://www.bosch-do-it.com/gb/en/diy/tools/pmf-220-ce-3165140828505-199915.jsp Will post photos in the spring
  2. EuroDriver

    97 Sunesta 232 electric windlass project

    Great video ! Thanks. G10 material looks great, will definitely try to get some
  3. EuroDriver

    97 Sunesta 232 electric windlass project

    Here is the anchor and the bow roller I purchased from Osculati in Italy The opening in the hull needs to be about 5 cm wide and 16 cm high
  4. EuroDriver

    97 Sunesta 232 electric windlass project

    I spoke to Lone Star Marine about how the rope and chain pools from side to side. They said that as long as the fairlead was more than 40 cm away from the drum, the rope should be able to reel from side to side. But as with many things in life, you only find out when you try
  5. EuroDriver

    97 Sunesta 232 electric windlass project

    Cut away already ! Also need to cut away the old anchor tie point A key parameter of the layout is that I don't want the anchor to protrude further out than the bow rubber stripping ! The boat is berthed with bow in, I don't want to demolish the anchor during berthing !
  6. EuroDriver

    97 Sunesta 232 electric windlass project

    The access width is needed for the installation of a new marine plywood platform to bolt the bow roller to. The platform will need to be glassed in to the bow Once I have chosen a bow roller the procedure will be - cut rectangular opening in the hull for the anchor roller to pass partially through. Looks like the hole will be 70 mm wide by about 150 mm lengthwise - build a platform / floor just below the opening for mounting the roller - convert the hatch to side opening There may well need to be a roller fairlead at the inner end of the anchor roller. That's the disadvantage of having a drum windlass !
  7. EuroDriver

    97 Sunesta 232 electric windlass project

    From the same supplier in Italy, they have some nice looking Bruce type anchors https://www.osculati.com/en/11003-m-019086/trefoil®-anchor-made-of-mirror-polished-aisi-316-stainless-steel
  8. EuroDriver

    97 Sunesta 232 electric windlass project

    Here is a anchor roller with a travelling sheave designed for claw type anchors. I am guessing the sheave moves up and back when the anchor is all the way in and stowed https://www.osculati.com/en/11005-m-000217/special-roller-for-bruce-and-trefoil®-anchors A= 380 mm B= 250 mm C=187 mm
  9. EuroDriver

    97 Sunesta 232 electric windlass project

    I have just started the project. Today the diagonal striped area was cut out. The white paper is the the size of the base plate for the drum to show that the drum unit base plate will fit. The base plate will be bolted to the bottom of the storage box. I will be cutting a fair sized opening in the front wall of the storage box for the rode and rope to pass out. Here are some examples of anchor rollers http://www.maxwellmarine.com/gen_accessories.php?bowrollers I get the impression that the Lone Star drum windlass has the motor / gearbox and drum pretty tightly integrated. In a week's time is the boat show in Cannes France where I will try to find a 5 kg anchor that could work well
  10. EuroDriver

    97 Sunesta 232 electric windlass project

    A conventional gypsy windlass was my first idea, but I have been told that you need a good vertical drop to the chain locker, and the chain locker should have a fairly flat bottom. Not easy to arrange in the Sunesta bow area. A further advantage of a drum windlass is that I can use a thin rope like Dyneema, and a heavy chain combination In the places where I am anchoring, I find the weight of the chain is even more important than the size and weight of the anchor !
  11. EuroDriver

    97 Sunesta 232 electric windlass project

    Nonestar stainless steel anchor, reasonable price in 5 kg size
  12. After 21 years of ownership, decided to build in a drum windlass, and anchor roller Planning - 5 kg Nonestar Claw anchor - hinged anchor roller - Lone Star Marine GX2 Drum Windlass https://hammermarine.com/shop/anchor-winches/gx-series/gx2/ Cut away for build in of anchor roller GX2 drum winch fits in this storage cubby Will need to build a new raised cover from teak planks to clear the 26 cm height of the drum The base plate of the GX2 unit is the size of the white piece of paper sitting in the well
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