After considerable research
on chain stoppers, finding models priced from a few dollars to over $400, I determined my basic requirement would be a cast fitting rather than a stamped fitting to insure strength. I ended up purchasing
chain stoppers, model 66840069 from Defender for $50USD each. These are heavy, cast SS units that accomodate 1/4 to 3/8 inch chain (I have 5/16).
Chain from two anchors runs thru the stoppers to a horizontal Lofrans
Tigris power windlass
that was the impetus for installing the stoppers. Forward of the new stoppers, a link of each chain is secured by a lock pin, then attaches to the anchors with swivels.
Previously the boat
had a manual Simpson-Lawrence windlass
. Once anchored, I always attached at least one snubber line to the chain, secured to a bow cleat. I decided to add the chain stopper to protect the windlass before and after I detach the snubber. The stoppers are thru-bolted to the deck
and have safety
lanyards for the pins.
I'm about to complete wiring
of the new windlass system. And with spring's arrival will shortly be testing it out. I plan on editing a video of the new windlass installation