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Old 25-11-2008, 15:48   #1
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Oops - Should Have Checked That!

To keep a long story short:
1/ Bought the yacht with all the fittings attached.
2/ Stripped it down and restored it over 2.5 years to date.
3/ Restored the anchor winch, mounted it back ont he deck, loaded the original chain into the newly made anchor locker, then after all that

The chain won't fit the gypsy !!!!

Correct thickness of chain but the gypsy is for short link and we have standard.

Never assume that the anchor locker full of chain on the vessel will fit the gypsy that had been on it for a decade at least.

Now we have to get new chain. Again - Never Assume !
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Old 26-11-2008, 02:03   #2
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The old "assume" makes an ass out of u and me trick.
Sorry to hear of your problem.
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To keep a long story short:
1/ Bought the yacht with all the fittings attached.
2/ Stripped it down and restored it over 2.5 years to date.
3/ Restored the anchor winch, mounted it back ont he deck, loaded the original chain into the newly made anchor locker, then after all that

The chain won't fit the gypsy !!!!

Correct thickness of chain but the gypsy is for short link and we have standard.

Never assume that the anchor locker full of chain on the vessel will fit the gypsy that had been on it for a decade at least.

Now we have to get new chain. Again - Never Assume !
If it makes you feel better, I've done pretty much the same thing. Bought an anchor winch with chain. You think the chain fits? Nope!

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Old 26-11-2008, 04:04   #4
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I did something like that but I was able to change the gypsy for a reasonable price. Check that out. Good luck.
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Old 26-11-2008, 08:51   #5
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Never Assume !
Well, don't feel too dumb. This isn't boating related, but...

First time I got my jeep stuck, I pulled out my brand new come-a-long, released the catch, and pulled out all of the cable. All 10 feet. 10 feet???? Hmmm, said 25' right there on the box...

Ooooops - Should have checked that.

I had to pull the jeep about 50 feet in about 4' increments, re-rigging each time. Took about 3 hours. In the snow. Up hill. Both ways.
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I'm sorry to hear about that I hope you can get a good price on chain, hey dacust could you please explain to me how it could be uphill both ways because I've never understood how that could work doesn't a hill have to have a down slope on the other side?
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On ships the device which grabs the chain is called a wildcat. A gypsy is defined as a small winch or a horizontal drum called a "gypsy head" that a hawser is warped onto.

Are the definitions different for yachts?
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I am just into the second year of a similar project. I have removed about everything that could be removed and recycled what I could and threw the rest out.
if the anchor chain is the worst problem you have encountered I'd say you are real fortunate.
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...hey dacust could you please explain to me how it could be uphill both ways because I've never understood how that could work doesn't a hill have to have a down slope on the other side?
uphill both ways
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Okay thanks that was driving m crazier than I already am trying to figure that one out.
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Hummmm... I dunno ... I know that *I've* SAILED uphill both ways.
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Old 30-11-2008, 19:30   #12
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Huh... Not again, where did I put that asprin I'm going to need it in a few minutes.
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On ships the device which grabs the chain is called a wildcat. A gypsy is defined as a small winch or a horizontal drum called a "gypsy head" that a hawser is warped onto.

Are the definitions different for yachts?

On small craft a capsin is for line and gypsy is for chain...likewise in the oil field or logging operation a "cat head" is a horizontal capsin for line only.
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check out your winch manufacturer for a new gypsy... most will have em readily avialable for less than the cost of new chain... having gypsys to suit different chain size / lengths may be a good thing...
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The notion of having different gypsys would be good for cruising. Our winch unfortunatly has no brand apart from CM10, it is of cast alloy and is the only one of these we have seen. I will post a photo in case anyone else knows what it is. It is very simple in operation and should be pretty bombproof.
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