Feb 2006 Yachting monthly article. click for PDF Version of the article
New Gear section, P.84
"Your foredeck friend
Unless you mark your anchor chain with cable ties, paint, or leather and feathers,it's an educated guess how much scope you've let out. Anchor-safe from Israel, has developed a chain counter, with optional wireless remote control, for electric windlasses, which can be used even from the cockpit.
The basic system comprises asensor and a sealed control panel/display – an ideal chain counter for manual types.
For electric or hydraulic windlasses a wireless remote control can be used. The sensor attaches near the pulley and has a small antenna for communication, negating
the need to rewire the windlass. It works like a small bike computer – just programme in how many feet of chain the gypsy releases in one revolution. Alarms can be preset, alerting you when only 10m of chain is left in the locker, for example. The remote control should be ideal for short-handed crews, allowing them to steer or even flake chain, while controlling the windlass. It also computes how much chain has been released/retrieved. Simple to retro-fit to all types of windlass, the control panel just needs wires for positive/negative and up/down – multiple repeaters can be added and the waterproof remote comes in three colours.
Contact: Anchor Safe Tel: 972-3-9583935 Website: : www.anchor-safe.com "