Originally Posted by skipperdude
I was told by a guy at a wire rope company thet BBB chain is designed for a windlass and that if you use just a hot dipped galvanized chain. Every
4th or 5th link will not fit right.
I did not know that.
Is it true I don't have a windless I have a hydraulic drum reel for the anchor.
Is it true? Possibly.
What is true is, each windlass (each gypsy, the part of the windlass that engages the chain) is designed for a particular size and type of chain. If you don't use the size and type of chain the gypsy is designed for, it will not fit properly and it will jump and/or wear out the gypsy. The size and type of chain is often stamped on the side of the gypsy.
There are a few different types of chain. As I recall, the West Marine catalog (and website) has an explanation.
Mine is designed for 3/8" G4 chain. That's what I have (spliced to 5/8" rope) and it works as designed.