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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Electric windlass

    Quote Originally Posted by johnalison View Post
    I believe that there are still people sailing around in small boats.
    But they will not be looking at the Cayman, which is for 8mm/10mm chain, but a smaller model in the first place
    Last edited by Neeves; 15-07-17 at 11:59.

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    Default Re: Electric windlass

    Quote Originally Posted by Neeves View Post
    But they will not be looking at the Cayman, which is for 8mm/10mm chain, but a smaller model in the first place
    Cayman is available with a 6mm gypsy as well.

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    Default Re: Electric windlass

    Quote Originally Posted by Tranona View Post
    Another +1. Makes no sense to underspecify. The 1000W version of the Cayman for example is physically the same as the 700W and only £30 more in money. Similar with other models.

    The whole point of fitting an electric windlass is to make life easier in all conditions.
    I agree with this, (and have a 1000W one myself) but I thought your original statement was a bit too strongly worded. By all means advise the OP that once one has gone electric and is buying new then one might as well go for the bigger model, but supposing he found an 800W one it would still be transformative compared to life without!

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    Default Re: Electric windlass

    Quote Originally Posted by jdc View Post
    I agree with this, (and have a 1000W one myself) but I thought your original statement was a bit too strongly worded. By all means advise the OP that once one has gone electric and is buying new then one might as well go for the bigger model, but supposing he found an 800W one it would still be transformative compared to life without!
    The boat is 11.5m and displaces 12.5 tons so 1000W is minimum - as I said. Obviously an 800 would be better than hand hauling but one would get very frustrated with the lack of power. An underpowered windlass would have to be very cheap secondhand to be worth considering. Don't forget installation and cabling is a fixed cost.

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    Default Re: Electric windlass

    Quote Originally Posted by duncan99210 View Post
    fit a wired handset as a backup but the wireless remote just makes things simple. It also makes dropping or recovering the anchor easy when single handing, as you can control the windlass from where else you need to be on the boat.
    I sail single handed a lot and don’t have problems lowering or lifting the anchor. One problem of not being next to the windlass, in the cockpit, is that when lifting the anchor you won’t see any snagging or debris on the chain. Chain goes into locker it builds up and unless the pile is cleared you have a problem. There are more benefits to being at the bow roller end of the boat when anchoring.
    Another consideration would be to have a quick release free spool on the gypsy, but you cannot do this remotely. Very quick to deploy and no power required.

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    Default Re: Electric windlass

    Quote Originally Posted by Sneaky Pete View Post
    I sail single handed a lot and don’t have problems lowering or lifting the anchor. One problem of not being next to the windlass, in the cockpit, is that when lifting the anchor you won’t see any snagging or debris on the chain. Chain goes into locker it builds up and unless the pile is cleared you have a problem. There are more benefits to being at the bow roller end of the boat when anchoring.
    Another consideration would be to have a quick release free spool on the gypsy, but you cannot do this remotely. Very quick to deploy and no power required.
    I handle the windlass in the same way, but still find the remote better. The alternative is a wired handset, but the wiring is vulnerable (guess how I know) or foot switches which apart from being unreliable and prone to corrosion and are very restrictive. Very rarely operate from the cockpit except when I had a boat in Greece where it is useful for controlling the anchor when backing onto a quay.

    Suggest you try one - pretty sure you won't go back to a fixed control.

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    Default Re: Electric windlass

    The cheap remote you can buy of eBay are great the only thing you need to be awhere off is that once you et go of the button they do tend to go on for a little longer .well both mind did any way You just dont want to get anything caught in the chain or gypsy .

  8. #28
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    Default Re: Electric windlass

    We operate our windlass with foot switches which have been pretty trouble free. I do need to stretch to retrieve, with my foot, and look at the actual retrieval below the bow roller. The number of people who have remote control of the winch and their low cost suggest they work and they merit purchase. There is a rather wide choice of remotes on eBay - are there any recommendations or any to steer clear of?

    Jonathan

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    Default Re: Electric windlass

    Quote Originally Posted by Neeves View Post
    We operate our windlass with foot switches which have been pretty trouble free. I do need to stretch to retrieve, with my foot, and look at the actual retrieval below the bow roller. The number of people who have remote control of the winch and their low cost suggest they work and they merit purchase. There is a rather wide choice of remotes on eBay - are there any recommendations or any to steer clear of?

    Jonathan
    We also use foot switches. These have proved to be reliable and we use them 95% of the time. We have a cheap wireless remote that I use to lift the rib each night using the windlass rope drum. This allows me to be next to the rib rather than by the windlass

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    Default Re: Electric windlass

    Ok, so although it has taken a little time, I am now ready to run the cabling for a lofrans Cayman windlass. The question I have is does it matter where the solenoid is situated? I have an ideal spot for the breaker near the battery at the stern, but should the solenoid be nearer the windlass, or could it be next to the breaker

    Thanks

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