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Old 05-26-2015, 12:27 PM   #21
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This is how the Sarca Excel sits in the anchor pulpit. A perfect fit.
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Old 05-26-2015, 01:56 PM   #22
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Windlass and anchor look great, Kevin! Does the anchor self deploy off that roller with the angled shank? I had to add a hinged, self-deploy anchor roller when I redesigned my ground tackle to get my Lewmar Claw to self-deploy.
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Old 05-26-2015, 02:19 PM   #23
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Windlass and anchor look great, Kevin! Does the anchor self deploy off that roller with the angled shank? I had to add a hinged, self-deploy anchor roller when I redesigned my ground tackle to get my Lewmar Claw to self-deploy.
Yep, it self deploys wonderfully.

The only challenge I have isn't related to the anchor, its related to my boat.

My anchor locker is really good sized, oversized even. its also pretty deep. The problem is that chain or line rode tends to form a pyramid, requiring knocking it over every hundred of feet or so during retrieval. That's not a problem really, just something I have to keep aware of.
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Do you have a combo rode? I have the same results but find the 8 ply Brait lies much flatter in the locker.

But all in all, that's a pretty minor issue for the crew. Gives them something to do while you're doing all the other work!! ;-)
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I sometimes find a moderate pile of chain on the deck under the windlass that did not go down the hawse because of that pyramid effect. I can't see that it has happened from the helm, so I just leave it there until the end of the cruise, then if it does not correct that situation, which it often does with more uppings and downings, I just wash it with fresh water back at the berth and then stuff it all down.
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Here's a photo of the windlass.

The anchor is still submerged.
Windlass is a Lofrans Tigres made in Italy.
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Do you have a combo rode? I have the same results but find the 8 ply Brait lies much flatter in the locker.

But all in all, that's a pretty minor issue for the crew. Gives them something to do while you're doing all the other work!! ;-)
All chain, 550'. That was the driver to getting the new windlass, going to an all chain rode. Pulling a few hundred feet of line rode was getting hard on these old shoulders. This boat actually rides better with the weight in the bow. When running at a fast cruise it takes much less trim tab to get the bow down.

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I sometimes find a moderate pile of chain on the deck under the windlass that did not go down the hawse because of that pyramid effect. I can't see that it has happened from the helm, so I just leave it there until the end of the cruise, then if it does not correct that situation, which it often does with more uppings and downings, I just wash it with fresh water back at the berth and then stuff it all down.
On my boat if the pile gets too high the windlass jams up. Its really not too big a problem though. All you have to do is knock over the pile every hundred feet or so.
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All chain, 550'.
Most I've ever personally seen is 500', but in your area I definitely see reason for even more. 300' and 400' sound like a huge amount but with the depths you encounter, they could definitely be limiting.
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I've never tried this and I don't know anyone who has personally but it might be worth a try. I've heard that putting a road pylon like those orange cones you see at construction sites in your chain locker (pointed up of course) will prevent the chain from forming a pyramid.

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I've never tried this and I don't know anyone who has personally but it might be worth a try. I've heard that putting a road pylon like those orange cones you see at construction sites in your chain locker (pointed up of course) will prevent the chain from forming a pyramid.

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We have a couple of threads here somewhere that members did exactly that with great results.
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I've never tried this and I don't know anyone who has personally but it might be worth a try. I've heard that putting a road pylon like those orange cones you see at construction sites in your chain locker (pointed up of course) will prevent the chain from forming a pyramid.

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I've heard about that technique as well, and thought about it for my boat.

The challenge I have is that my chain naturally falls on the bow, and slides down, then it starts building more on the bow, which is at an angle.

I might think about a piece of wood, like a 2X4 that would keep the chain from piling on the vee part of the bow would work...
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I've heard about that technique as well, and thought about it for my boat.

The challenge I have is that my chain naturally falls on the bow, and slides down, then it starts building more on the bow, which is at an angle.

I might think about a piece of wood, like a 2X4 that would keep the chain from piling on the vee part of the bow would work...
Wifey B: Build it a little sliding board. It could be a small piece formed in plastic or metal.
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Pending Kevin retrieving his Excel from 110 ft, you can visit Anchor Right Australia, the Aussie designer/manufacturer of Sarca products, to see what one looks like.
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I've heard about that technique as well, and thought about it for my boat.

The challenge I have is that my chain naturally falls on the bow, and slides down, then it starts building more on the bow, which is at an angle.

I might think about a piece of wood, like a 2X4 that would keep the chain from piling on the vee part of the bow would work...
Hi Kevin
Our PT38 Sedan had the same problem in that the chain from the windlass was in the forward part of the "V" in front of the Sampson post. Here is a photo of what we did to solve the problem......
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Hi Kevin
Our PT38 Sedan had the same problem in that the chain from the windlass was in the forward part of the "V" in front of the Sampson post. Here is a photo of what we did to solve the problem......
Wifey.B must have read your mind...
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