Haulin’ up and downUse your anchor and anchor windlass correctly to make your Grady Days much more fun!
the rode on your Grady!
Many Grady-Whites are equipped with an anchor windlass, an incredibly
convenient device designed to pay out and retrieve anchor rode (line)
and chain (more info in customer tips).
The windlass’ function makes anchoring a snap and “winding up” a
great day easier. But it’s important to remember what your windlass is
designed to do...and perhaps even more important what your windlass is
NOT designed to do which is to break the anchor free of the bottom. Used
correctly an anchor windlass can make a “Great Grady Day”
even better. So learn how to use the windlass and let the good times
roll out!! Here is the “1...2...3” on how to use your anchor windlass.
Even if you don’t have a windlass, you can also check out our advice
- Make sure anchor rode (anchor line) is properly tied off inside the anchor locker.
- Release the windlass pelican hook that secures the anchor.
- Turn on rocker switch at the helm panel. Most models equipped with
factory-installed windlasses have “up and down” activation switches at
the helm and at the anchor locker.
- The boat should be upwind of your intended anchorage and making
sternway slightly while you lower the anchor to prevent the chain from
piling up and fouling, and also to set the anchor when sufficient rode
has been paid out.
- Lower the anchor and pay out almost enough rode to “set” the anchor.
Secure the remaining anchor rode (line) to a bow cleat. For
recreational boats, at a minimum you should have out five to eight times
the depth of the water plus the distance from the bow to the water.
- Back down on the anchor once sufficient scope is paid out to set it
firmly in the bottom. If you have not set out sufficient scope and the
windlass takes the strain, the windlass may potentially overload a
breaker and an aft battery panel switch may trip.
- When ready to heave the anchor in, power ahead, let the boat catch
up with the anchor rode as it is retrieved, wait until the bow is nearly
directly above anchor, then cleat the anchor line to a bow cleat to
break the anchor free of the bottom. This relieves the strain and
prevents power overloads or, worse, damage to windlass. ALWAYS REMEMBER
the windlass is not a winch–let the boat pull the anchor free.
- Anchor the boat only from the bow, using the type of ground tackle recommended. Your dealer can recommend the equipment best for your area and demonstrate how to use the anchor windlass on your Grady-White.
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