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Old 19-06-2016, 18:03   #1
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Fountain pajot helia 44 anchor furling problems

Hey guys,

I'm on a helia 44 for the second season of having the boat now. There are a few problems I'm still trying to iron out here.

Does anybody have any solutions for the anchor chain piling up on top of itself? So we have to furl the chain by hand which is fustrating ! Especially if you are single handed and can't pull the anchor up from the cockpit?
I hear they have solved this problem on the newer models

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Re: Fountain pajot helia 44 anchor furling problems

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, SaltyJoss.
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Re: Fountain pajot helia 44 anchor furling problems

I think if you Google 'chain piling up' or some such you might find some threads on the subject. The problem isn't particular to the FP, so just do a general search

I just use a bit of pipe and knock the chain down, but I've read things like: putting a small cone into the locker so the chain piles over/around it; epoxying some sort of cone or shape to get the chain to pile better
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Re: Fountain pajot helia 44 anchor furling problems

See ➥ Remedy For Chain Pile-Up In Locker?
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Old 20-06-2016, 10:26   #5
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Re: Fountain pajot helia 44 anchor furling problems

Depending on how much chain and where you anchor our solution might work. We have 250' of chain that is a problem if it all is in one pile. Our solution was to manually pull the first 100' or so over to the side. No problem stacking 150' Never have a problem now unless we put out more than 150-175', which is seldom.
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Re: Fountain pajot helia 44 anchor furling problems

You might think of going down one size4 o 5/16 HT chain - about as strong as 3/8 bbb, but you have to change the wildcat. The smaller chain stacks much more easily. I pull the first chunk out of the way, leaving only about 100' to stack -- seldom deploy more than 100' in South Florida where the water is fairly shallow.
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Re: Fountain pajot helia 44 anchor furling problems

We had this problem on our and many other Helia's. There is one solution we could find so far; we replaced the chain with stainless 316, 100 m, 10 mm chain on one customer. He and the admiral (actually almost always the admirals are in charge for this..) were extremely happy. The downside is the cost (app. 80 euros / meter)


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Re: Fountain pajot helia 44 anchor furling problems

Thank you guys !

I have taken out all the chain from the locker and neatly furled it to one side it hasn't quite solved the problem but makes life so much easier. As I only had to move the chain maybe once !

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