Can I resurrect this thread for updates on subsequent experiences?
skipmac have you found Maggi chain in the USA and been happy with it or
what did you end up doing?
rebel heart how has your chain held up?
Anybody else have any epiphanies about the best source of chain for a 40' catamaran
with a lot of windage that is concerned about weight but anchors all the time and cruises many places where the ability to anchor in deep water
I left Washington
State with 325' 5/16' HT grade 43 (martyr grade 43 ISO high-test windlass
chain) 5/16" and "upgraded" my windlass
to a Lighthouse 1501 with gypsies for 5/16" Acco G4 HT chain not realizing there would be a substantial problem with the chain skipping (especially since the chain never had a problem in the old undersized Maxwel gypsie which was sized for Acco G4 HT). The gypsies were so far off from fitting the G43 ISO short link chain I had that is skipped horrendously. Lighthouse Windlass blamed the chain but there was literally no domestic chain manufacturers that were still making the "5/16 Acco G4" chain exactly the same as Lighthouse Windlass gypsies were sized for (EVEN ACCO! pretty much only difference being the wire diameter being slightly smaller so weighs 1.07 lbs per ft instead of 1.10 lbs per foot which subsequently makes each subsequent link not line up right and the inevitable skipping problem that results).
Lighthouse refuses to make a gypsie that fits the new Acco chain but swapped my gypsies out for two 5/16" BBB gypsies which do not skip as badly but still skip for more than reasonable (I even sent them a sample of chain and instead of agreeing to match the new standard they simply sent back the off the shelf gypsy
that matched the "new" G40/G43 ISO short link chain I sent them.
Two years later I am still dealing with a gypsy that does not match my chain but had to cut away ~100' of chain due to wear and pitting so now that I am down to about 200' I am looking to get new chain and am back in the same mess of windlass company telling me to get (nonexistent) chain to fit their gypsies and the chain companies telling me to get a gypsy to match their chain...
After dealing with this for years the only options I am aware of are:
1) Find a machine shop to modify my current
gypsies to actually fit G40/G43 ISO short link chain for $x?
2) Switching over to 3/8" BBB chain and getting appropriate gypsies from Lighthouse since they do make 3/8" BBB gypsies that presumable actually fit currently manufactured chain (but at a substantial weight penalty for more expensive chain that has a slightly lower breaking load which given my desire to have 350'+ of chain either seriously compromises the locations I can safely anchor if I reduce the length of chain I carry which in and of itself is a safely consideration in places like Alaska
or have to carry excessive weight on a weight sensitive catamaran
simply to have chain that matches a gypsy since Lighthouse refuses to make 5/16" HT gypsies to match chain I can get?
3) Make due until I sail to somewhere in the pacific I can buy a comparable HT metric option like Maggie assuming I am 100% sure Lighthouse makes a gypsy to match? (side note: I'm currently in Hawai'i)
4) Sell the Lighthouse 1501 out of sheer frustration over the last two years of ownership
and it skipping every time I pull anchor even though it is otherwise a relatively decent windlass and then buy a new windlass?
5) maybe regalvanizing chain to make up for the wire diameter difference so it would fit in the gypsies Lighthouse is willing to provide (an idea I got from another cruisers forum member
but not sure how well it would work and a greatly preferred option is simply having an off the shelf chain option that actually fits the gypsies perfectly...)
I posted a thread recently which covers some of this issue but in doing further research
this thread seemed like it might shed some light on the problems...
Thanks a million,
sv Sunny Sky Hailing From Cold Bay AK