Video of the Week: Installing an Electric Windlass

Having an electric windlass on your boat is like having an extra “mate” aboard to easily deal with anchoring.  Come inside the TotalBoat Workshop as we show you how to install a Lewmar Electric Windlass in the existing anchor locker. With advice on placement, how to build it’s motor and battery into the locker space, and wiring help, this is a great winter project that will pay you and your first mate back all summer long. No longer is it a headache to set or relocate your anchor – even in bad weather – as this windlass can be controlled from the bow or inside from the console at the helm.

Check out the video and don’t be intimidated by this project. Our how-to video will guide you and if you need more help – we are standing by all week long to answer your questions and assist you with your boating projects and improvements.  Call our Tech Help line (800-423-0030) or Facetime us and show us what you’re working on and how we can help you out!

We want to help you make your boat better! And an electric windlass is a great way to reap the benefits of a winter project for years to come.  You can everything you need for this project at 



Skip Novak’s Storm Sailing Part 11: Tying to shore

In places like Tierra del Fuego, the Antarctic Peninsula and parts of the Arctic, tying to shore is essential either because of anchorages beset by unpredictable winds or the possibility of ice. Skip Novak demonstrates how to do it.

Skip Novak’s Storm Sailing Part 10: Anchoring

Skip goes through how to formulate a bail-out plan, how to weigh anchor and break the anchor out, what to do if your windlass fails and what to do if you have to dump the anchor in crisis.

Tripping line

When you are berthing stern to – known as mediterranian mooring, and you have doubts concerning unknown obstructions on the seabed, or if you have to anchor in a crowded anchorage, it is better to attach a tripping line to your anchor.
The tripping line is a light buoyed line with one end attached to the crown or to the eye on the back of the anchor, and the other end made fast to a wooden buoy.