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Last time I was out on the boat – a Fair­line Phantom 50 – it struck me whether I should be con­cerned about the strain on my elec­tric windlass when re­triev­ing the an­chor. Is it okay to haul the whole lot in one go or does that put too much strain on the mo­tor and risk dam­age? Michael Crow­ley It de­pends on the age of the windlass but a mod­ern one should be able to han­dle haul­ing the an­chor and chain up in one go, es­pe­cially if you’re an­chor­ing in shal­lows and don’t need to re­trieve a cou­ple of hun­dred feet of chain and run the mo­tor for an ex­tended pe­riod of time.

It’s worth try­ing to make the work as easy as pos­si­ble for the windlass by keep­ing the boat straight and to make the an­gle as kind as pos­si­ble. If the chain is at an an­gle, then the windlass will have to fight against the weight of the boat, ad­ding un­nec­es­sary strain on the mo­tor. Send a crew mem­ber to the bow and get them to send sig­nals to the helm so the skip­per can align the boat in the best po­si­tion to give the chain the eas­i­est ride back into the roller. Use your ears, too – it’s usu­ally quite easy to hear when the mo­tor is strain­ing and at that point, you can ease off for a sec­ond or two to let it re­cover.

If you’re haul­ing a lot of chain then it’s help­ful to do it in bursts to stop the mo­tor run­ning for ex­tended pe­ri­ods, or you could haul half and give the mo­tor a rest be­fore com­plet­ing the job. Use your judge­ment – if the mo­tor is warm to the touch, give it a rest for a minute and con­tinue. Jack Haines


I have a 75ft mo­tor boat based in the south of France. I love the area but have re­cently been ques­tioned by a num­ber of ports, and in one case turned away, due to the lim­ited ca­pac­ity of my boat’s black wa­ter tank. De­spite as­sur­ances that the tank is big enough for our needs and that I would never dis­charge it over­board un­til we were well off­shore, some har­bour au­thor­i­ties still aren’t sat­is­fied. Do I have to find space for a big­ger black wa­ter tank or is there an­other solution? Daniel Bour­don One solution would be to fit a small sewage treat­ment plant. This gets around the whole is­sue of hav­ing to store your waste on board un­til your next off­shore cruise and should sat­isfy even the most strin­gent port au­thor­i­ties. Tec­ni­co­mar make a very neat lit­tle plant called an Eco­mar 20 which can process up to 2,000 litres a day. It’s smaller than a house­hold wash­ing ma­chine, con­nects di­rectly to your ex­ist­ing black tank and takes care of the whole process of treat­ing and flush­ing your tanks au­to­mat­i­cally. All you need to do is top it up with hy­dro­gen per­ox­ide from time to time. Aqua­mare are the UK deal­ers for Tec­ni­co­mar and have al­ready fit­ted Eco­mar 20s to a num­ber of sim­i­lar boats in the area. Visit www.aqua­ or call them on +44 (0)1752 604603. Hugo

Fit­ting a treat­ment plant gets round the is­sue of lim­ited black wa­ter ca­pac­ity on larger boats with mul­ti­ple cab­ins

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