Adding windlass to older boat?

castone001

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I have a 1973 24' Chaparral Cuddy. The anchor is currently mounted in place on the bow and is manually deployed and hauled back up. I have had this boat 2 years now and have yet needed the anchor but I know the time will come and I will probably NOT want to do it old school manual! Im an old guy and dont really wanna crawl through the cuddy vbrith area to delpoy/retreive the anchor.
Thoughts on adding a windlass to the bow in the picture?
Seems I would need a pulpit of some sort?
Windlass Size considerations?
Wiring recommendations for safe install?

thanks!
 

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flytie

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I did it not too long ago. Great addition to the boat. Use the anchor all of the time now.

Used a Lewmar V700 and an 11lb anchor. Already had the right chain and rode.


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The wiring wasn't horrible. Plan, buy marine wire and take your time. You have plenty of room for bow roller and you won't need to add an entire pulpit.

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The kit comes with the switch, wiring diagram, circuit breaker and winch. Pick up a roller, wire and heat shrink connectors. Picked up wiring and connectors from here: https://gregsmarinewiresupply.com/index.php?route=common/home

I changed out my anchor as well to a Bruce.
 
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castone001

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I did it not too long ago. Great addition to the boat. Use the anchor all of the time now.

Used a Lewmar V700 and an 11lb anchor. Already had the right chain and rode.


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The wiring wasn't horrible. Plan, buy marine wire and take your time. You have plenty of room for bow roller and you won't need to add an entire pulpit.

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The kit comes with the switch, wiring diagram, circuit breaker and winch. Pick up a roller, wire and heat shrink connectors. Picked up wiring and connectors from here: https://gregsmarinewiresupply.com/index.php?route=common/home

I changed out my anchor as well to a Bruce.
Awesome!! Thank you!
 
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flytie

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You will need to make backing plates also.
Just for the roller. The winch comes with one. I used some leftover 3/4" Starboard with fender washers for the backing.came out great.

The one thing he will have to do is climb up there to bump the anchor to move the cog so it falls.

Also, put a snubber or pin on the boat so the anchor doesn't come off when trailering. There is a good thread on here somewhere about that happening while on a freeway in San Diego.
 
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sickcat

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How far from the nose of the bow does your anchor locker go back and how deep is it top to bottom? The shape and size of the locker are a major factor in determining where the windlass mounts.

The chain and rode needs some distance to fall to get it into the locker. Your existing hause pipe looks really far forward in the pic. You may need to seal up that hole and make another for the rode when you mount the windlass.

As already pointed out it is certainly a DIY job. Once you have the windlass you'll wonder how you lived without it.
 
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karlow

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That last bit is key, you need head room in the locker for this to fly. I think 18" in minimum.
 
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flytie

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Here is the thread on securing the anchor. Good read.
 
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kindafishy

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karlow is right, you need more depth than you might think to the locker. i made this for mine out of 1/4" aluminum. added a seat on top, which also can hold gas cans, or my diving compressor. i was having trouble with the rode knotting up, tangling, etc. this has cured that problem.
 

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