Mooring chain locker problem

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1340fxd
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Mooring chain locker problem

Post by 1340fxd » Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:37 pm

I have just anchored my Regatta 290 for the first time in Lulworth Cove - what a beautiful spot, especially this time of year when we where the only yacht in there.

Anyway, on raising the anchor using a manual windlass all went well until the last few yards - when the chain stopped dropping below through the hawsepipe. Going below the problem was immediately obvious - the chain had laid on itself forming a pyramid which finally reached the hawsepipe thereby stopping any more chain from dropping into the chain locker.

I am told this is a not uncommon problem especially where the chain locker is small / shallow but is there any trick known to members that can solve the problem?

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Re: Mooring chain locker problem

Post by Hardover » Tue Mar 27, 2018 1:37 pm

easiest but expensive solution is to use stainless steel chain. SS is slippery and will not pile up into a pyramid.

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Re: Mooring chain locker problem

Post by Gk24Nixie » Fri Mar 30, 2018 11:39 am

I read somewhere previously that a traffic cone (possibly cut down to fit)underneath the hawse pipe can help the chain lay better. I haven't tried it myself I hasten to add!

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