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Old 06-25-2015, 06:01 PM   #1
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Advise For Chain Lock

These are the pictures of my windlass configuration. The fourth picture is what I am considering using to lock the chain when anchored and to take the strain when I have to "Pull" my anchor loose. Obviously when at anchor I will use a line snubber with this anchor chain lock as a back up. Any thoughts or experience with this device? Thanks. Name:  ImageUploadedByTrawler Forum1435269664.507652.jpg
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Old 06-25-2015, 06:44 PM   #2
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Greetings,
Mr. P. Where the heck would you mount it? Doesn't appear to be any room with the anchor nested...
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Old 06-25-2015, 06:47 PM   #3
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My opinion is that if you are using a snubber at anchor you do not need the chain lock, for while at anchor.

Also, you do not have room for a chain lock based on photo #1. The use of the chain lock to me would be as a means of avoiding an accidental anchor deployment while under way. Since, it does not look like you have room I'd consider something else.
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Old 06-25-2015, 06:59 PM   #4
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What about a clevis pin through side of your cradle? Just pin through a link and it should serve the purpose without adding any clutter or holes in the deck?
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What about a clevis pin through side of your cradle? Just pin through a link and it should serve the purpose without adding any clutter or holes in the deck?
Many recommend against pins as a big wave can bend them and make it very difficult to deploy the anchor...

But alas...that is my setup and I am not worried.
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Old 06-25-2015, 09:04 PM   #6
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What about a clevis pin through side of your cradle? Just pin through a link and it should serve the purpose without adding any clutter or holes in the deck?
That would work. Drill through the SS channel and pin the chain. We had/have what Pgitug pictured in the first post. It didn't last. When we changed anchors we used the pin and now it secures the anchor while under way.
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Old 06-25-2015, 09:05 PM   #7
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Many recommend against pins as a big wave can bend them and make it very difficult to deploy the anchor...



But alas...that is my setup and I am not worried.

Whata bozo......
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That's CAPTAIN Bozo to you there fella!
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PGI, Your anchor is too small, it's the wrong kind, and you don't have enough chain.
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PGI, Your anchor is too small, it's the wrong kind, and you don't have enough chain.
Well in that case...just go ahead and pin it...
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Why is your anchor chain red?
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Why is your anchor chain red?

Probably the first five feet or something to warn him it's close when operating it at the helm.
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Old 06-27-2015, 01:51 AM   #13
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The anchor chain is red, as he said, for the first five feet to warn me. Sounds like what I have set up now is what works best. I will forget the chain lock. No more toys on the bow.
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Without a chain lock or pin all the pressure from the anchor being moved by an active seaway will be on the windlass gears. This would not be beneficial. Suggest the pin or at least a line passing through the cradle so that when the boat pitches in a seaway the pressure is on the cradle not the windlass gears.
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Old 06-28-2015, 07:49 AM   #15
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A chain stopper is used to take the load off the windlass while anchored with all chain.

Since the chain can not stretch once it is bar tight the stopper must be able to take the load of the anchored vessel including the shock or surge loading as the boat veers.

It is usually the strongest item on the fore deck (windlass loads are minor in comparison) and will need very secure mounting.

If you could use it to lift the boat , thats perhaps enough.
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Old 06-28-2015, 07:55 AM   #16
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Where's the cleat on the bow? None seen?? The chain can be made fast to the cleat to get the load off the windlass. If you don't have a cleat, that is what I would invest in. Some day when you need a tow you will appreciate a good deck cleat with proper back up under the deck to pull on. And smooth chocks.
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