I’ve heard from wise sailors that a good ground tackle system is like a life insurance
policy. Allie Rose is a 1972 Hallberg Rassy
Raasmus, likely weighing in six tons, I’ve already preemptively done some work
to my system. I’ve used a galvanizing zinc-based paint
on the current anchor
chain to mark distances, and used interlux bilge paint
to repaint the anchor locker
itself. I also used ospho on the anchor
(no paint thereafter) for whatever corrosion
forestalling effect this may have (likely little to none since it was not followed up with paint - I don't like the look of painted anchors). I also put a gasket
on the lid, to diminish any noise
that could result from banging. Here’s where I’d like to go with this project
, and the questions that I have.
I currently have three anchors on the boat
. A claw
anchor is my primary anchor, and also have a CQR
and a Fortress
I’d like to replace the current
chain and rode
with new chain and rode
. My thought is that 200’ of G4 HT Galvanized chain (⅜”) with 200’ of 8 plait nylon rhode spliced thereto is what I want. Here are my questions:
1) Is my proposed system adequate?
2)Where is the best supplier in terms of “bang for your dollar” to order a half spool of chain? Or suppliers that you may have gone through in the past that you've received good customer service
3) What do you use to mark distance on the chain itself? I’ve heard everything from paint to zip ties works, but didn’t know if there was a “gold standard” that is most preferred if I’m going to be spending an absorbent amount of money
on "up-fitting" this system.
4) The current chain pipe is terribly oriented, and doesn’t work
well to feed the chain back into the locker. A replacement chain pipe from lumar (their 8-13mm pipe) is $300 - money
I’d really prefer not to spend. If I have to. What would the best orientation for it be? More importantly, does anyone have a manufacturer they have had experience with before for this part? I guess it's technically seated just fine for now, but chain just doesn't feed well into it.
5) I sanded down, and did one coat of interlux bilge
paint to clean up the locker. If I'm going to be repainting my decks, is there any point to adding a second coat of bilge paint? Any reason why one would use kiwigrip or other nonskid paint in the locker itself? I presume not to both - but wanted to ask.
I'm not sure that I need, but would love to know more about their necessity
1) Do I need to install a chain stopper, or the current paracord to eyelet system I have provide the adequate protection that I need from accidental anchor release?
2) I don’t have an anchor bridle
. One purchased from mantus
, 28’ long) appears to be fairly common, and costs $200. Is this something I should/could make myself? Does anyone have a mantus bridle
that they’ve seen last the test of time?
3) The other pieces that I believe I need to add to the system are a swivel (to connect the chain to the anchor), and an anchor hook (to attach to the chain from the bridle). Similarly, mantus appears to make very common stainless steel
swivels and hooks as far as I’ve seen at my marina. Any experience with these products? Are they both necessary?
4) Lastly, is there any reason to ever have an after anchor mount and/or anchor roller? Has anyone ever routed chain into their aft cabin
before, attached to anchor on a mount/roller that is permanently on the aft of the boat
The long and the short of it is simple - I want to have this “life insurance”, without breaking the bank. If anyone is willing to provide input on the above referenced questions, it would be greatly appreciated! The more feedback you can provide in terms of priority of the aforementioned purchases, the better. I attached a top down photo
of the anchor system as it currently is set up.