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    Default Operation of windlass with gypsy and drum

    What do you do with an anchor rode made up of chain and rope and a windlass with 2 drums, a rope drum and a chain gypsy? Do you change from one drum to the other in the middle of the process, and, if so, how?
    I'm just curious. I have a gypsy which takes both rope and chain.
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    No, if you've got anchor warp, then the gypsy will handle it all.

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    OK Thanks. What's the purpose of having the drum if the gypsy can handle both chain and warp?

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    Quote Originally Posted by srah1953 View Post
    OK Thanks. What's the purpose of having the drum if the gypsy can handle both chain and warp?
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    I too have a windlass with both drum and gypsy. I also have warp with chain and all chain on board. When I'm using the warp with a ground chain I normally haul in by hand as much as possible and stick it on the drum if it gets hard going. By the time I get the chain through the stem-head roller the hook's probably broken out anyway, so easy, I hand that for speed... too bloody slow otherwise... its manual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by srah1953 View Post
    What's the purpose of having the drum if the gypsy can handle both chain and warp?
    Mooring lines. Plus just a general utility thing. If you have a powerful winding mechanism, why not make it available for hauling any other lines as required. Some people use them for pulling someone up the mast, though other people insist that's a terribly dangerous practice.

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    Excellent, thanks

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    Some gypsies will tear your rope to shreds, especially multi plait if the wrong size, drum the warp and then drop the chain into the gypsie.

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    See this thread where I asked a similar question http://www.ybw.com/forums/showthread...ion&highlight= and had some good replies.
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