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Old 14-12-2014, 13:08   #16
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Re: Unusual Windlass Arrangement

Thanks for all the useful info so far...

I contacted the winch manufacturer (nilsson / maxwell) in the hope a chain gypsoy could be retrofitted but unfortunately it cant without vety significant reengineering of the winch.

So it looks like im stuck with this setip for a while...

I did have one thought though.... Could the drum be covered with some form of rubber (or similar material) that would allow the chain to hold on the drum a bit tighter ?

Any thoughts?
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Old 14-12-2014, 13:15   #17
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Re: Unusual Windlass Arrangement

..or even something like the rubber "wincher" boots that go on sheet winches to make them self tail.... For the rope part of the rode anyway ??
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Old 17-12-2014, 07:56   #18
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Re: Unusual Windlass Arrangement

Have you tried just tailing the chain, treating it as rope?

How much chain are you using? How heavy is the anchor?

How did it go?
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Old 17-12-2014, 14:14   #19
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Re: Unusual Windlass Arrangement

It's hard to see why tailing the chain wouldn't work. The anchor only weighs 25lb.
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Re: Unusual Windlass Arrangement

If you can get a couple of wraps of the chain around the drum it will grip quite well when you tail on it. A "frugal" and experienced cruiser friend of ours bought an inexpensive drum capstan and used it thus with an all chain rode for years. The drum will get all scarred up, but it will work fine. For another example, folks handling the drill string pipes on drill rigs wrap chains about them to screw them together and apart. Seems to work for them.

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