Posted: August 1, 2012 | Tag: Anchoring
Once the anchor and rode are all out, I inspect every inch very closely. Of special interest are the anchor swivel — something I highly recommend in most applications — and all other connections from the anchor to the inside of the anchor locker. Look for any fraying of the rode, and replace or add any length markers as needed. Finally, wash it all off before winding it back into the locker.
The windlass itself needs to be inspected. From the outside, you can inspect any electrical connections and check for any leaks from the deck. Carefully inspect the capstan assembly. Look for any rust throughout. The windlass needs to be removed, cleaned, inspected and lubricated about every five years, depending on use and operating conditions.
One last thought. I added a raw-water pump outlet at the bow. I use it to make sure all mud and seaweed are off the chain before entering the locker. It’s a good addition.