I am ordering a new 245dc and cannot decide on adding a windlass or not. The negative is that it sits on the bow and takes up room. The plus is not having to pull the anchor up by hand. Looking for feedback on to add or not!
I think it's a great option. I don't have one on my 2360 but did on my last boat and I miss it dearly. If I was ordering a new boat it would definitely be on my short list. Another option I would add is an auto pilot, again had one on my last boat but not on my 2360. I bought the 2360 used and it didn't have those options.
What lainiej said. Pulling an anchor is a pain especially if you bottom fish in deeper water. Say 80 feet or more. Also if you fish offshore I think the auto pilot is a must for those long runs. Had it on my other boat and it was the first thing I did when I got my 2660. Congrats and good luck.
2008 2660 Twin Yamaha 150's "Dirty D" Raleigh/Atlantic Beach, NC
I have one on my 245DC. Didn't on my previous boat and SO glad I do now. GKids like me to anchor over the sandbars near the beach and I use it then, and when fishing, and when just relaxing on the water, and when.... the list goes on. With my previous boat I avoided anchoring as it was such a pain pulling in the anchor when in wind and waves. Now, it's push a button (while paying close attention and using the motor to reduce strain on the windless) and it's up.
I have a 245 DC, 2018, had the windlass added when I purchased the boat. Very glad I did, the space it takes up is not really usable, it doesn't interfere in any way with the bow seating. I would never buy a boat without one now that I've had one.
Not sure this helps but I just ordered a new 241CC and opted against the windlass. My thinking was I would rather put that money towards something else (I chose radar) since I don't anchor a ton offshore. Also, I am still pretty young and don't mind pulling up the anchor on the sandbar or inshore. Plus gotta teach my kid its not always as easy as hitting a button and make him earn his stripes by pulling up anchor! For whatever its worth, I talked to a few people who have them and said they are nice at first but as they get used, they tend not to work as well. They told me not to bother with it. Not sure if that's true but just what my research and questions to others had come back with. Otherwise, it seems like a nice option if fits for how you will use it and is in our budget. Probably can't go wrong either way though, in my opinion!
mdebonis11: specifically in 241cc model
Jan 15, 2021 8:57:40 GMT -5
edkath: What is the common width used for boat lift bunks for a 2019 Sailfish 245 DC?
Feb 1, 2021 16:56:31 GMT -5
fishnfool: ed you might try posting this up top for better visibility.
Feb 5, 2021 13:11:04 GMT -5
gig3: Hello, Seaman Rich, in central Florida just purchase a 1996 17'-6" CC Sailfish and looking for advise and knowledge from all.
Feb 8, 2021 16:51:48 GMT -5
fishnfool: Welcome Rich. Congrats!
Feb 9, 2021 21:08:45 GMT -5
finatic: Closing in on 700 nice, minus one we lost one.
Mar 1, 2021 12:08:52 GMT -5
rjkuenning: Hello, My name is Bob and I am purchasing a new 2021 245DC. I boat in the Cleawater Florida area.
Mar 2, 2021 16:10:46 GMT -5
fishnfool: Hi Bob, welcome and congrats. Posting up top in the forums will get more visibility. I lived in Seminole as a kid when my dad was stationed at MacDill. Good memories of pier and beach fishing.
Mar 2, 2021 17:32:44 GMT -5
finatic: One more to hit 700, who we could of thought.
Mar 6, 2021 15:33:50 GMT -5
finatic: One more to go to hit 700 members who would have thought
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