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    Default Windlass or Capstan Anchor Puller

    Hey guys,

    Thinking about adding something to the boat to pull anchor. I have always just pulled with bouy in the past.

    At first I was just thinking about getting a Capstan 1000 to pull in shallower water and then still pull with the bouy when deep. But I am thinking of entertaining the idea of a windlass.

    I would like to hear about peoples experiences with both. Good and Bad. My concerns around the windlass are the long term effect on the rode and then also having it get bogged up if the rode or chain gets a little twisted up. I like the idea of a windlass if it does truly work as advertised and doesn't require a lot of babysitting. Otherwise I may just go with a Capstan 1000 as an assist.

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    I have had both. The Capstan requires some constant presure while pulling and that means your on the bow doing so. In rough weather it can be a pain. It does work great and it's a little faster than the Lewmar I have now. I really like being able to sit in the cabin and pull anchor if it's rough, but to be honest with ya, I usually pull with a bouy during a day of fishing then finish up with the windlass before heading home. Unless we are anchored up shallow, then the windlass does just fine. Slower than a capstan but fine for me. As for eating up the rode, I just bought new 1/2" 3 strand and it's eating it up some. Now I wish I would have went with 8 plaite or at least double braid to be more durable.
    Twisting with the windlass isn't a real issue if you have a fairly deep hold for your rode. Mine is a little shallow and I have to even it out sometimes when pulling from the deep, but not a big deal for me. Good luck on making your decision.

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    No experience with a windlass, but I have a capstan on my boat now and I really like it. If I am fishing in deep water with the current running hard, like in Homer, I will still pull with the buoy. I used the capstan several times in 300' plus water in PWS over the past week and it did really well. Plus for me, it doubles as a pot puller.
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    Rob,

    What size chain are you running?

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    Hmmmm. Not sure really. But I'm running 1/2" 3 strand. I'll check after dinner.
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    I'm using 30' of 1/4" chain and it works perfect for holding my 26' boat and runs smoothly thru my windlass. If ya get a windlass, spend the extra $100 or so and get the freefall model. I can freefall with mine, but I have to go out on the bow and release the clutch. No biggie for us with open bows, but I could see it being a pain with a boat like yours.
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    I've heard that these windlasses are bombproof
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    I like it. Looks like it would be really tough and low maintenance. And a little smaller footprint on the bow too. Wonder what these cost?

    Found it. Nice prices.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robbentler View Post
    I like it. Looks like it would be really tough and low maintenance. And a little smaller footprint on the bow too. Wonder what these cost?

    Found it. Nice prices.
    Guess i should look into stocking a few ???

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    Thanks for the info guys. Guess I got some decisions to make. I have to make a few mods to the front to make it work. I really want to get one.
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