Originally Posted by hobsonlea
Iíd be keen on a solution for the Lucia chain piling.
If I manually move 35m to the Starboard side of the locker the remaining 30m will leave and enter the locker generally without piling and interfering with the windlass. If however input out 40m of chain it will always pile up and interfere with the windlass.
SS chain I understand while slippery for the anchor locker
is also slippery on the sand / bottom and Iíve heard isnít as good as galvanised chain.
... and the aggraving factor is that the chain fall at 2 inches of the portside bulkhead, removing 1/2 of the space plus the proximity of the aft one to pile the pyramid.
I will sketch something like the cone, fixed on the bulkhead to push the chain more on starboard. Do you think just 3 inch more and adjusted a bit aft, maybe 1/4 to 1/2 inch, so it will have tendency to pile more center and forward would help ... to pile the full 60m without jamming.
When FP made their trials, the chain was brand new and they did not realized that with a 2 years old one... there is a problem.
Do I remember I saw windlass where the chain enter on the portside, turning counter-clockwise, I think so ! ... so the chain would fall 3 inch more on starboard ? Too many things to think when designing a cat... sometimes they forget one... or two.