Wow John, Your ports look really nice.
And the trim ties in well with the others.
I've ordered 2 Dorade boxes and plan on adding to the aft cabin top too. Though our traveler is in the area you have put yours. I hope they will add some air flow.
Sonata never had a windlass. I can't imagine hauling up that anchor and rode by hand! The anchor rode was 3/4" 3 strand and 3/8" chain. 45lb. CQR. Big. HEAVY.
I've added a Maxwell HRG8 horizontal windlass, because of Mark's review and his experience with it. It's all below deck.
I did a similar installation in the Anchor well. It seems like a very well made piece. And the price was right too.
I must say though, I have yet to use it other than loading the rode and testing at the dock.
To fit the windlass Gypsy, I bought the appropriate sized 9/16", 250' Mega Braid line. It's a twelve strand. 65' of 5/16" chain, so about 300' usable rode. The 250' Mega braid stores into the lower anchor locker really well. And keeps less weight at the bow than all chain. It doesn't kink, it's very easy to handle. Much nicer all around than 3 strand.
I used a lot of chain, more than normal in a hybrid system.
Where I hope to be cruising, I didn't feel there was a need for all chain. I may be wrong. And that may change in the future. But this much should be safe with most bottom conditions, and in most shallower depths, kinda act like all chain. This much Rode is probabaly overkill for San Francisco Bay and the Delta, it's all pretty shallow, but...
I would use 8 plait line in the future. I had to figure out how to splice the 12 plait to the chain on my own. Not bad, but 8 plait would have been easier.
A new 44lb. Vulcan 20 anchor replaced the old CQR that Sonata came with. Also, a Crosby 209A Shackle at the anchor to chain.
Again, just what I've done and no real world experience yet.