Would like to ask/add a related question - has anyone improved anchor handling in general? Am happy that the 33-2 has a roller and chain locker, however I had some excitement this season hand-retrieving 50’ of fully extendedchain in a stiff breeze and chop. The line then later the chain hopped off the roller and slammed/wedged into the pulpit stanchion base as the boat sheered and bobbed about - very exciting and extremely strenuous for a solo sailor. (With little sea room astern, but that’s a seamanship issue).
No bail on the roller, and the poor lead from hand-hauling didn’t help. Really, a short sprit plus the parallel-to-deck lead for the chain afforded by a windlass would be ideal, but that feels like a lot of infrastructure for a small lightweight boat. Any thoughts?
OK Adrian, here's one pic. The owner wasn't around today so I couldn't learn much, however i did peek inside the locker and it is unmodified, so the chain wraps around the gypsy as you'd imagine and is allowed to fall into the anchor locker. This would be a tight fit on the 33-2 and is perhaps not feasible due to the foredeck padeye. I have seen an installation on 35-3 IIRC where the windlass was mounted on the back 10" of the anchor locker lid which had been cut and fixed in place (and reinforced obviously). The forward triangle of the lid, though much smaller, still served its intended function.