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Old 10-10-2013, 18:33   #1
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Question Retrieving rope-to-chain with windlass

I have never brought aboard a rope/chain combo on a boat that has two separate gypsies. All I have used were the single gypsies that fit both.

How does one transfer over if it remains under tension? I can see if it is slack it could just be carried over but this cannot always be the case right?
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Re: Retrieving rope-to-chain with windlass

On the set ups like that that Iíve dealt with the following procedure worked.
The rode gypsy was the top one so as the chain approached I would lightly depress the chain with my foot guiding it to the chain gypsy.

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Re: Retrieving rope-to-chain with windlass

the rope will run in the chain gypsy if it is sized correctly
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Re: Retrieving rope-to-chain with windlass

Install a chain stopper or rig a chain hook on a strop. Retrieve rope portion plus a few feet of chain with drum. Set stopper or hook on chain. Move rode over to chain gypsy.

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Re: Retrieving rope-to-chain with windlass

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Donít lose a toe J
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Install a chain stopper or rig a chain hook on a strop. Retrieve rope portion plus a few feet of chain with drum. Set stopper or hook on chain. Move rode over to chain gypsy.

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That is all I could think of. I guess it would work out.
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Re: Retrieving rope-to-chain with windlass

Panope is right-on. Be sure to rig this well ahead of time in that the strop needs to be attached to a very rugged point should you be retrieving the gear in a pitching sea.
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Re: Retrieving rope-to-chain with windlass

Please. Never put a hand or foot near that thing. Zero forgiveness for a mistake.
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Re: Retrieving rope-to-chain with windlass

have a vertical windlass with rope and chain gypsy. If I use the rope gypsy, just bring the rode up till the chain is aboard and the chain stopper holds it while I change over to the chain gypsy.
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Re: Retrieving rope-to-chain with windlass

On my 450, I just pull lightly on the rope that fed through the windlass, from under the windlass, when it is about to switch from rope to chain. It works perfectly every time. I only use the chain gypsy. It grabs the rope perfectly.
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