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3218 / windlass 12 Feb 2015 00:51 #1

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I recently purchased a 1988 Bayliner 3218 and was trying to figure out how to install a windlass that I can operate remotely from either helm instead of having to stand on the bow to retrieve the anchor. A previous boat I owned had room for anchor locker large enough to store the rode behind the little hatch inside the V Berth. There isn't enough room to put anything behind the hatch door in the Bayliner. Run a tube down thru to the bottom of the boat to store the rode?Any ideas?

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3218 / windlass 12 Feb 2015 01:25 #2

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I have a 1993/ 3288 and I have 300 ft of 8 plait rope and 35 feet of chain and it fits in the locker you are talking about. The 8 plait is more expensive but it folds in like chain so you can fit more of it in. I do knock the pile over a couple times if I have a lot of rode out.

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3218 / windlass 12 Feb 2015 01:31 #3

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That great news, What kind of windlass do you have and what size rope and chain?

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3218 / windlass 12 Feb 2015 01:36 #4

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I have 200 feet of 5/16" chain in the locker.
Have a look at my "completed project":

www.baylinerownersclub.org/index.php/for...r-windlass-on-a-32xx

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I was figuring on using rope with a small amount of chain so I was a little confused on how the rope would lay down inside the locker.
I'll check out your project and price 200 feet of chain. Here on the St. Croix River I could probably get by with 100 feet of chain just fine.

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I went with a Lewmar Profish 1000 I got a great deal at the boat show a couple years ago. I raised it up when I mounted it on the deck to gain some height so the chain fit into the gypsy better. I believe it is 5/8 G4 chain and 5/8 plait but the Lewmar web site will say specifically what type of chain and road size to use. I also cut a piece of think plexiglass to fit inside the locker up against the door side with a slot cut half way down from the top, I use another piece of plexiglass cut two inches wide by about 20 inches long to slip through the slot and knock the rode over. The plexiglass holds the rode in so the pressure is not on the door.
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3218 / windlass 12 Feb 2015 01:59 #7

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Too Cool !
I have photo's and proof that this can be done. Now I wish learning how to use the BOC Forum website was as easy to figure out.
I appreciate your help very much. How deep of water do you usually anchor in? did you wire a controller at each helm?

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Excellent job by the way....thanks

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I have only installed the supplied remote switch at the upper helm. Ok most of the time but a deck switch or a wireless control would be handy when the anchor gets full of weeds and needs to be cleaned up by hand.

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Last but not least did you install a drain inside the locker for any water that makes its way in on the chain?
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3218 / windlass 12 Feb 2015 16:21 #11

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There should be a factory drain. I also have 200 feet of 5/16 chain You do have to be on the deck to assure that it all goes down the hawser. That's what the windlass handle is for :)
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3218 / windlass 12 Feb 2015 18:05 #12

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You are going to locate a reversing solenoid/breaker somewhere in your heavy power cable. Your remote switches connect to that solenoid by, say, 14 gauge wire. It is easy to run 14 gauge to each helm for remote switches or you can use a wireless control and counter. I ran 1/0 cable from my starting battery (not house battery) into the cave and installed the solenoid/breaker there. The cable continued through the cave, through the bathroom cupboard, through the hanging locker into the cupboard and through the anchor locker to the deck. That anchor locker held 150 feet of chain along with 150 feet of rope. I too used plexiglass halfway up the anchor locker opening so the chain wouldn't push the door open and flop onto the bunk. Make sure you size the windlass to your rode. Too powerful is better than undersized. If I did it again, I'd put the solenoid/breaker in the lazarette close to the battery switch so I could easily disable it when not anchoring. Breakers (fuses) should always be as close to the battery as possible in case of a short. Finally, some folks run a piece of PVC pipe through the anchor locker into the cupboard below and direct the chain there. They glass in a 2x4 crossways to contain the chain.
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3218 / windlass 12 Feb 2015 18:39 #13

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All good information, may I ask what brand windless, size of chain and rope you used?

Thank you much

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3218 / windlass 12 Feb 2015 18:45 #14

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The windless was a Simpson-Lawrence Horizon but I do not recall which model. It wasn't a light weight model. Chain was 5/8th and nylon was 1/2 inch.

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3218 / windlass 12 Feb 2015 19:52 #15

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floatyerboat wrote: Last but not least did you install a drain inside the locker for any water that makes its way in on the chain?
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There is a factory drain but it is small and tends to clog. I clean it with a wire from the outside once in a while.

I used a Lewmar 1000.

There are other threads to look at in this forum. They were very usefull.

Positionning the windlass to drop the chain in the deepest part of the locker is critical.

The chain made the boat more "bow-heavy" and I think it handles better especially when docking.

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3218 / windlass 12 Feb 2015 21:02 #16

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I did read the thread about positioning the windlass over the deepest point. Funny you should mention the chain weight in the bow when docking
My friend at the marina said to me earlier he used all chain and it felt like his 40 footer handled better with the weight in the bow.
We'll see.....

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3218 / windlass 12 Feb 2015 21:05 #17

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I did locate the drain hole in the anchor locker. It was about as round as a number 2 pencil and also plugged.

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