My old chain was mostly a block of rust as we hadnt used in years and to my embarassment I had ignored it
I was unsure of size as first time dealing with anchor chain, was reliably inofrmed that it was 8mm short link and the Ideal 'manual' for the Windlass said says -- 1/4" or 5/16" BBB only, my maths said the latter was 8mm.
JUst bought a good length and after bringing it home and comparing to old chain it is smaller and old chain seems to actually be 10mm short link.
The Windlass is an Ideal Windlass First Mate CWM with "one Gypsy and one Wildcat" - I always thought they werr the same thing! So this has a chainwheel on Starboard side and a rope drum on the port side. And if anybody can give me dfeinitive namse for the two parts that would be good as well.
So looks like my original chain was oversize, does that sound possible? Should I return and replace the chain with 10mm? When it was used there were no signs of slipping or jammimg.