AN­CHOR WARN­ING

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WHEN YOU’RE RE­TRIEV­ING the an­chor with a wind­lass, judg­ing the amount RI UHPDLQLQJ URGH FDQ SURYH GLIƓFXOW es­pe­cially when us­ing a re­mote switch at the helm. If you’ve in­ad­ver­tently slammed the an­chor into the roller dur­ing re­trieval, you know the prob­lem. This mis­take can gouge gel­coat, bend the roller and even dam­age the wind­lass. To avoid it, I cre­ated a warn­ing sys­tem by color-cod­ing small sec­tions (about IRXU WR ƓYH OLQNV RI WKH DQFKRU FKDLQ DW in­ter­vals close to the an­chor. The ini­tial warn­ing sig­nal is a yel­low sec­tion about 8 feet from the an­chor; the sec­ond and last one is a red sec­tion about 4 feet from the an­chor. This is my cue to stop the wind­lass, then bump the switch on and off to care­fully ease the an­chor onto the roller.

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