I have a Flicka 20' with 133' of 1/4" high test chain. I'm installing a Lofrans
Royal windless (manual) just aft of the bow pulpit and aft of the chain locker. The Flicka has a deep chain locker in the bow and the original hawse pipe is on the starboard side and is bronze
with a hinged cover. I aligned the gypsy
so that it pulls the chain straight over the bow pulpit roller, around the gypsy
180 degrees, then forward about 8 inches to the hawse pipe. This kinda of works when retrieving the chain as the weight of the chain falling pulls the chain through the hawse pipe.
An important note is the hawse pipe is NOT in line with the pull of the chain from the bow roller to the gypsy. The hawse pipe is about 2 inches to starboard of a straight line.
My problem is that playing the chain out the angle from the hawse pipe to the gypsy causes the chain to jump the gypsy. I ordered a new "Ideal" hawse pipe sold
by Schaefer marine
that should feed the chain down the smoothly. I have as I see it 2 choices, move the hawse pipe closer to the center line and hope that works or put an outer shield or guard on the gypsy to guide the chain during release.
Has anyone had this problem? The gypsy is the correct one for the chain. Your opinion is greatly valued.