Do lots of trawlers have trouble w this or is it fairly rare?
Depends on the configuration and dimensions of the locker and the nature of the rode.* We built a new, much stronger floor for our chain locker and put vertical sides on it about a foot tall.* We have all chain rode and a fair distance between the chain hawse and the floor of the locker, probably about* four or five feet (see photo).* With that long of a drop the chain arranges itself into a fairly neat pyramid that so far has never shown any inclination to slump over.* The chain has never tangled or bound up coming* back out of the locker.* Once right after we installed the floor a loop slipped down into the cutout in a corner* where teh heavy ground cable for the windlass comes through and got caught.* So we added the vertical sides to the triangular floor and that made it impossible for that problem to happen again.
The orange cord going up through the hawse with the chain is an extension cord we install from December through March to carry power from the forward cabin to a pillbox heater in the lazarette.* Obviously we remove the cord if we are going to be using the anchor during this period.
-- Edited by Marin on Sunday 13th of November 2011 01:58:16 AM