Before we started cruising we decided to install a Lighthouse anchor windlass.  I purchased the unit from Defender Industries and spent several days doing the installation.

This image shows the windlass and the anchor chain deployed and 3 strand nylon snubber in place.

Installation was straightforward, I plugged the old deck fitting on the port side of the bow and then cut a new hole for the anchor chain.  The mounting included a heavy duty stainless steel backing plate.

The electrical circuitry included only a foot switch for picking the chain up – we’ve found that a free drop of chain from the deck really helps the anchoring process.  I fabricated a motor control circuit using a standard automotive (30 amp) relay controlling a heavy current solenoid all mounted in the chain locker..