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Old 25-06-2015, 15:53   #31
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Re: Anchor Chain thickness 35ft Cat?

I spent many years aboard my 31' Searunner, & kept 100' of 5/16", & a #35 CQR up front. As the chain was basically a gift. Plus there was also my Danforth, & 10m or so of chain up forward as well. Both of them with good lengths of nylon as well. In addition to a Sea-Tiger manual windlass.

But the truly heavy bits were; my tool box, & my library. When I offloaded the latter from the stern cabin, the transom lifted 5-6". Ouch, but she was weight sensitive, especially aft.

The chain helped to keep me from wandering when on the hook. Well, it, the bridle, & a small drogue hung off of the transom (Key). I also usually hung a plastic bucket (with reinforced handles) off of the dink's backside, when she wasn't on deck. It eliminated her bumping the big boat, & aided in keeping the mother ship from wandering when on the hook/a mooring.

As to how many batteries to keep a windlass fed on a multi. Aside from typically running the engine when doing such a chore, do you not have a virtual plethora of space for panels? And thus need not carry quite so many batteries as you would on a lead mine.
One, utterly ancient, 3 sqft panel kept my system full in all but the depths of Winter's darkness. Then I'd hoist a Redwing for a day or so a week. At which point my batteries would be overflowing.

PS: In that link in my earlier post, my fingers were a touch quick. The price was/is $1.40/ft for a 20' piece.
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Old 25-06-2015, 19:58   #32
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I spent many years aboard my 31' Searunner, & kept 100' of 5/16", & a #35 CQR up front. As the chain was basically a gift. Plus there was also my Danforth, & 10m or so of chain up forward as well. Both of them with good lengths of nylon as well. In addition to a Sea-Tiger manual windlass.

But the truly heavy bits were; my tool box, & my library. When I offloaded the latter from the stern cabin, the transom lifted 5-6". Ouch, but she was weight sensitive, especially aft.

The chain helped to keep me from wandering when on the hook. Well, it, the bridle, & a small drogue hung off of the transom (Key). I also usually hung a plastic bucket (with reinforced handles) off of the dink's backside, when she wasn't on deck. It eliminated her bumping the big boat, & aided in keeping the mother ship from wandering when on the hook/a mooring.

As to how many batteries to keep a windlass fed on a multi. Aside from typically running the engine when doing such a chore, do you not have a virtual plethora of space for panels? And thus need not carry quite so many batteries as you would on a lead mine.
One, utterly ancient, 3 sqft panel kept my system full in all but the depths of Winter's darkness. Then I'd hoist a Redwing for a day or so a week. At which point my batteries would be overflowing.

PS: In that link in my earlier post, my fingers were a touch quick. The price was/is $1.40/ft for a 20' piece.

No wonder you carried so much chain, you were using a CQR:-).


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Old 25-06-2015, 23:40   #33
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Re: Anchor Chain thickness 35ft Cat?

Multihulls are great boats to get away from it all and bad boats to try and take it all with you. The library, toolbox and anchor chain really belonged on a monohull for safety. A Searunner 31 has something like a 800 pound payload....
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Re: Anchor Chain thickness 35ft Cat?

have you considered ss chain? mine had to be replaced often because of rust staining on deck.
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