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dauntlass 18 posted 11-24-2001 06:14 PM ET (US)   Profile for dauntlass 18   Send Email to dauntlass 18  
I need advise and direction on a windlass for my 21ft. Conquest.What brand and model would you reccomend.Also how well do they work? Will they restow the anchor line in the rope locker without knotting the line. My Conquest has the factory bow pulpit and anchor roller. Thanks for any and all suggestions and advice.
jimh posted 11-25-2001 12:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I am inferring from your question that you are asking about electrically operated windlass equipment. My advise would be to rethink the need for it.

The windlass adds weight to the bow, and that is the worst place you can add weight. You will increase your pitching motion and move your static trim more down in the bow.

The electrical load demanded by some of these devices is very large, requiring very heavy cables cables to be run from the battery to the motor. (More weight in the bow.) They also drain a lot of energy from the battery.

Consider these questions:

How deep is the water you plan to anchor in?

How heavy is the anchor that you are planing to carry on a 21-foot boat?

Are you really going to be doing so much anchoring that you need assistance in hauling the anchor?

I often see many guys sending their wives or girlfriends to the bow to handle the anchor while they stay at the helm. It's easier to let the first-mate run the boat while you handle the anchor than it is to go through the expense and hassle of a windlass installation.

Ed Stone posted 11-25-2001 03:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ed Stone  Send Email to Ed Stone     
I think they mount the horizon 400 windlass
from the factory.Draws 25 amps.

I'm not much help on how well the work.
I have to admit the idea has crossed my
mind about getting one.

They retail for $650.Including toggle switch
and 25amp breaker.
Ed Stone

David Ratusnik posted 11-26-2001 03:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
dauntlass- Here goes my .03 cents. Forget the windlass. Why- a previous post focuses on utility but I just think they destroy the clean look of a Whaler. Over the holiday a friend and I looked over a 22'Outrage with cuddy and were struck by just how "over trimmed" the boat was. Tooooo much extra stuff on one boat.One extra item was a windlass. "Over trim" detracts- sort of like a 1/2ton pick up with ground effects. An 18 ft boat of any type (except sailboats) would look out of place with such an anchorage device. But what the heck, it's your boat. David
David Ratusnik posted 11-26-2001 03:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
ps-just noted the boat your talking about is 21'. Thoughts still apply. D
Dick posted 11-26-2001 04:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
The Simpson Lawrence Horizon is the way to go. We mounted a lot of them when I worked at the Whaler dealer. Nice clean looking unit and weighs less than 20 pounds. Go for the foot switches at the windlass and a remote on the console.
bigz posted 11-26-2001 05:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    

To answer your question on retrieval-- you will have to hand flake the line into the locker ---

Dick suggested the foot switch at the locker because if alone makes it easy to haul in say 10 ft then flake and so on ---

Find it very handy on our 27!


jimh posted 11-26-2001 08:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Another comment about electric windlasses:

I am a bit afraid of them. They look like they could grind off your toe or finger in a second. There is a lot of current involved in running the motor, and relay contacts have been known to weld shut on ocassion.

Anchor7 posted 12-06-2001 07:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Anchor7  Send Email to Anchor7     
I had a 24' Grady with the same setup as you and considered a windlass, until a friend with a 37' boat introduced me to the anchor ball retreival system, available from West Marine and others. About $80, simple, no installation, works great, no more struggling at the bow of the boat. The power of your boat's engine does the work of raising the anchor to the suface for you. check it out on their website.

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