Maxwell Anchor Windlass
Maxwell Anchor Windlass (Video)
Video TranscriptChris: Thank you for joining us today. My name is Chris DeBoy with VETUS Maxwell. I’m the National Sales Manager and I’m here with our CEO, Jay Stockmanh. He’ll be driving our VETUS Maxwell Boat today.
Along with our VETUS diesel engine and our VETUS bow thruster and the , we’re going to be showcasing our VETUS Maxwell Windlass, the RC-6 Windlass and show you proper anchoring techniques around the beautiful Fort Lauderdale waterways.
Okay, we’re heading in to our anchoring spot now. The first tip of anchoring is I’m going to go ahead and remove the safety cable which holds our anchor snugly to the bow rower.
Now, we’re ready to deploy our anchor into the water. But first before we send the anchor down we need to know what water depth we’re in. I’m going to refer to Jay to tell us the water depth.
Jay: Chris, we’re on about 10 feet of water that means we’ll probably put that in a 70 feet align in a normal situation but I think today we can probably half that and go about 35.
Chris: So with 10 feet of water we need 70 feet of anchor line out to hold the boat tightly if we’re anchoring overnight. But in this case we’re only anchoring for half an hour or so in the sandbar so we could use 35 feet of anchor line out.
So now we’re going to go ahead and get in position and deploy our anchor line.
Now that the anchor is set in the bottom and holding the boat, we can go ahead and take the line all off the windlass and tie it to a strong point on the boat such as this forward cleats to relieve the pressure off of the gear box and the gear is within the windlass.
And there you have it. It’s as simple as that. Now I want to go ahead and reverse the process and show you how to pull the anchor in. But first I want you to remember, the windlass is not designed to pull the boat to the anchor. The windlass is designed to pull the anchor working chain into the boat. But we want to use the power of the boat to propel it forward to take the stress off of the gear of the windlass and let the windlass do its job that it’s designed for.
So with this, I’m going to have Jay pump the boat forward. The advantage of the universal chain wheel is the capability of handling different marine grade spec chain in the same chain wheel.
We are operating the windlass from the switch mount at the helm but we also have optional remote controls as well as deck mounted foot switches to allow you to operate the windlass from the bow.
Now that Jay has the boat moving forward, he can retrieve the anchor line while moving the boat towards the anchor.
Now that we have the anchor stored in the bow rower, we need to attach the safety cable to prevent accidental deployment while on the way. And that’s it.
Some people feel that anchoring is the most stressful part of boating but with the right equipment and the proper technique, it can be very easy.
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