My biggest fear would be that you are sacrificing water tight integrity? i.e.
Originally Posted by TamarMike
If in bad seas, would water get in?
I have recently put in a much larger chainpipe, 50mm, to allow my 8mm chain to enter really easily. This can then be stuffed with a large spongue to keep out the green stuff when at sea and has so far been a good result.
I can also feed the chain into the pipe as I manually heave it in.
If feeding your chain is your problem, then I would advise this to be the easiest way to solve it. Also, and with respect, to cut your boat about doing 'amateur' DIY is going to do nothing for the value of your boat if it's any good at all. If the chain jams in its down pipe to the locker, then put a wider pipe in and try and open out the locker a bit if possible. Otherwise crew may have to knock over the stack of chain now and again to help it down the pipe.
I normally take my time as I tend to put out more than enough chain. Being only 8mm it's not that difficult as long as I have brought the boat up to improve the catenary. This done in easy stages saves the old back and gives me time to admire the totty in the anchorage as someone manually heaving in chain is becoming something of a novelty these days.
I have a Rocna so it doesn't break out easily. I tend to get to a vertical chain and often I've had to fix the chain down and push over the anchor with the engine to break it out.
Last edited by Scotty_Tradewind; 10-09-09 at 17:03.
You never get to where you want to go if you only travel on sunny days.