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Old 11-20-2023, 04:11 PM   #1
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What chain for a 36 Grand Banks

Need to buy windlass for our new to be GB36. Not sure what chain or windlass to use. Can anyone help?
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Old 11-20-2023, 05:30 PM   #2
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5/16 G4 chain. How much depends on depths where you anchor. 250-300 feet works for me on the Inside Passage. Lofrans Tigres works great on my Nordic Tug 37.
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Old 11-20-2023, 07:52 PM   #3
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Same for me, 280' G4 chain and Lofrans Tigress with helm switches and
wireless remote, 55 pound spade anchor. 36' Willard 28.000 pounds.
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Old 11-21-2023, 12:01 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by Bob and Linda View Post
Need to buy windlass for our new to be GB36. Not sure what chain or windlass to use. Can anyone help?
I inherited 5/16 G3, also known as Proof coil or PC. It's the old standard for tackle chain, but I recognize most have come up to G4 which has nearly twice the static load strength. But I think I'm already overbuilt, so I'm not motivated to upgrade. I've been with it ever since, knowing it's the weakest chain but it fits my windlass. Because I had previously built a Sampson post behind the windlass, I had to go with a down-facing motor to fit in the space. That left me with a Lofrans Kobra. The point being, how much space do you have, and what motor/windlass will fit that space. Lofrans has a good reputation, and builds a number of windlasses which might be appropriate.
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Old 11-21-2023, 01:19 PM   #5
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5/16 G40.

Horizontal or Vertical windlass will depend on how much room you have in the anchor locker. What is the year and model GB?
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