Originally Posted by Larry M
How are West Marines costs? If you can find another supplier, they may price match.
What would be the cost for a new windlass gypsy? Then you can pick a more standard anchor chain.
A new Gypsy might be the best option. Partially because I am confused what would work on my current one.
The Windlass is an Ideal BHW. The windlass is oversized for my 36,000 lb boat, which is good. However, it is currently loaded with 5/16 BBB chain, which at 1900 MWL is undersized for my boat IMO. I was looking at 5/16 G70 short link because it is within 1% of the size of my current chain, so I was pretty sure it would work on my gypsy. It is listed at $6.50/ft on West Marine. MWL is 4700 lbs, which is about what I would like.
However, we just finished cleaning the gypsy and uncovered an etching on the gypsy that says "3/8 BBB". So now I am wondering if the current chain is the wrong size for the gypsy. 3/8 BBB and 3/8 G4 are about the same price as the 5/16 G70. So either way, I would spend about the same on chain. 3/8 BBB is still rated lower than I like (2,650) but would be adequate. 3/8 G4 would be my first choice but will add the cost of a new Gypsy to the total.
I think I will start by getting 10' of 3/8 BBB and verify that it works with the gypsy. Seems unlikely that 5/16 and 3/8 would both work well since one is 11 links per foot and the other 12.