I tried pulling up our 45lb Mantus anchor a couple weeks ago in dead calm wind...and after a night on the anchor, also with no wind. And I couldn't budge it. At all. I got the boat up to the anchor where the line was vertical but from there...nothing. If there had been more wind the anchor would have been even harder to get up. Not.Good.
I stood there pulling with all my might while Ron stood behind me all, "okay, start pulling". What?!? Even when he grabbed the line behind me to help me get the anchor up I was still pulling with everything I had just to get it 'unstuck' from the muddy bottom. Now, part of me is really glad that our anchor sets so well, even in light winds, but the other part of me knows that we might both have real issues trying to pull up the anchor after or during any kind of wind. If that's what we get when we buy such an awesome anchor, I'll take it but that also means we need to add another project to the list.
At this point the windlass becomes a piece of necessary safety equipment, and that I don't mess with. No matter how much it costs or how much it interferes with the budget.
A "windlass" is a machine used on ships that is used to let-out and heave-up equipment such as for example a ship's anchor or a fishing trawl. ~Wise words from Wikipedia
|With the push of a button the windlass can raise (and lower) the anchor while dumping the |
chain and line into the anchor locker below it. I like.
There are probably people reading this thinking, "I told you so" or "I knew it" or "about time"....well, you'd be right to do so. I stand corrected. I give. You were right - And I'm sure this won't be the last time I say that. We really do need a windlass.
More proof that BOAT stands for:
Or, in this case, two.
But hey, if we need it we need it. Our backs will thank us someday.