Amar Nanduri

Thoughts on a windlass anchor

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I have heard that it is not recommended to get a windlass automatic anchor for a Signature for a boat frequently used in the Chesapeake bay or in areas having 2-3 foot waves. The argument against it is that due to the constant movement of the bow the anchor might smash into the boat and damage the hull, compared to a manual anchor that resides in the anchor locker.  Is this true ?

Me and my wife are debating on whether we should get an automatic anchor for the signature or stick to a manual one  

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Amar

 

 

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I would say no. I boat in the Boston area and for me, hitting 2 to 3 foorters happens 3 to 4 time a year if not more. Never had a problem with the anchor. First off, your anchor should be snug against the bow roller. So there sould be no movement.  Thats were I would keep it windless or not. It make for easy use and if something happen (engine quits or...) I want to be able to deploy it quickly. If your in rough seas, do you really want to be pulling your anchor out of the locker. Not me!

Also, keep in mind that if you use a windless. There should be a safety cable attached to the anchor so it can not deploy on its own. 

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I added a windlass to my boat this past Spring and love it.  Makes anchoring so much easier.  We boat in the upper Chesapeake Bay and had to no issues with the anchor hitting the hull.  We don't go out in 3+ foot waves but the windlass lowers it quickly so I doubt you'll have problems.

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3 hours ago, Ed said:

go for the windless, your never regret it. 

Yep!

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I have a electric powered anchor on the bow of the 16' Lowe fishing boat. 3 styles of anchors for different bottoms . A  S S  threaded link allows a  18" X 2" solid rod with a screw eye to be used in mud or weeds every few minutes when fishing. Change over to a Mushroom or a 20" wide Fluke Anchor for high winds & waves. Change over time is 2 to 3 minutes at most.

Powered anchors are a must in nasty weather. I have a VERY heavy chain length of chain that can be added to the anchors with more threaded links.  If nasty anchor dragging conditions come up. The 16' boat has a hand crank up stern Mushroom Anchor also.  I have stern anchors for all boats.

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A word about anchor lines in VIOLENT waves.  ONLY BUY A STRETCHY anchor line. DO NOT make it to big in diameter to be.... EXTRA STRONG.... That removes the highly desirable stretch needed.  There were charts posted on a boating web site giving additional pounds of pressure on the line.  As WIND SPEED PICKS UP & pushes on above deck areas. 

There are those black rubber line devices to reduce the peak shocks of waves.  I have no idea if they really do reduce the shocks so much. None ov my boats have or nned them with 200' to 300' lines out. Plenty of stretch.

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30 minutes ago, Boater71 said:

can I add a windlass anchor to sig 270? 

 

You can add a windless to almost any boat. The real question is, would you need a vertical or horizontal one based on your boat.  

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