I have the same problem with my Ideal windlass. Every time I haulout, I pull all the chain, let it soak in a cattle trough, clean the chain locker, and "end for end" the chain. In spite of all this work, it still happen.
My theroy is that because it spools out so quickly with little load on the chain, the chain periodically jumps and rotates in the wildcat. Haven't found a solution. Usually it only requires rotating the chain maybe one revolution on retrieval. I also have the groove in the bow roller, so the twist is between the windlass and the bow roller.
I'm tired of fast moves, I've got a slow groove, on my mind.....
I want to spend some time, Not come and go in a heated rush.....
by The Pointer Sisters