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  1. Still learning how to use this VM thing.......?
    I now see your post on the rode and winch. On boat size, I think ours is only a foot longer...? its a 24. We raised the roof 6" and the helm seat is going to be higher by several inches. Eye level for me is now about the middle of the windows when standing, my boat partner is 6-3 or so...? He seems to think it should work out both standing and sitting, its a little tricky getting it setup so it works for both of us...... The seat is on slider with enough travel that it helps quite a bit.
  2. Hey Jeremy, .what type of anchor line are you using, I have been contemplating some of this stuff from Yale....

    Seems like it might help in a small locker, what brand Windlass.? thanks..John
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    A few Windlass lessons:
    1) I could use about 16-18 inches of drop into the locker (the more the better IMO). The manufacturer suggested a minimum of 12, which I have when the locker is half full. Once the rode starts piling up however the distance quickly shrinks and starts to jam the windlass which requires someone to reach into the locker and pull hand-over-hand while the windlass pulls. My locker is also horizontally designed, the new one will need to have more vertical depth. Therefore I will need to maximize all space available.
    2) A swivel connector to the anchor helps keep the line from twisting which helps ease the pull on the windlass.
    3) Easy access to the rode locker is a must. I currently have a six inch circular deck hatch for access and it's too small. I will be adding a larger hatch when I take on this project.

    Iím sure I didn't cover all your questions, feel free to ask away.

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    About the Windlass: Installing the windlass is a cinch, it's just drilling a few holes, bolts and sealant. I connected the wires to the fuse panel to avoid running the full length of the boat. My boat already had a rode locker so I chose not to modify it and just add the windlass and hope for the best - which worked, kind of. I have a Powerwinch Class 41' which might seem like overkill but I got a great deal on a brand new in box winch on craigslist here in Juneau. Powerwich is probably considered a mid-range brand but seems to get decent reviews online. I had no issues other than those that were my own doing. My rode is 1/2" three-strand nylon back-spliced to 35' of 5/16" chain attached to a 5kg Bruce anchor. The back splice is essential as it helps the rode seamlessly move through the windlass gypsy.

    Since weíre limited to 1000 characters, Iíll share my lessons learned in a second post.
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    Hi John,

    I just took a look at the latest photos you posted of your remodel. Your interior cabinet design is nearly identical to that of mine (scaled-up of course). Really nice work and I canít wait to see photos of the finished product. You'll notice that I went with a pedestal helm instead of of box seat. I did this because I'm 6'2" and needed all the leg room I could get, plus I like having an adjustable pedestal. You should have plenty of room as you boat is much bigger.
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