Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Anchor Chain <thomas.neuland@...>

Dear Mike,

I had the same question as you had- the chain was just too short, old
and way too light.
We had a modification done at Amel's shipyard in Hyeres and the
recommended 76 m of 10 mm nickeled (not stainless) chain with just
another nutwheel on the Lofrans windlass. It is a super combination. The
lenghth is just right because it is not resulting in "chain-mountains"
inside the chain-house.
Do yourself a favor and add a turning clutch between anchor and chain
since the chain tends to get twisted a this lenghths. About non-metric
sizes I don't know of course, but Amel's info and support was (again)

Fair winds.

Tom Neuland
SM # 003

-----Original Message-----
Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2006 04:06:37 +0100
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Anchor Chain
From: "mike_ondra"

Having purchased "Drifter" SM #240 in October we are having great fun
exploring and beginning to understand some of the myriad systems on
board. Recently checking the anchor chain locker for the first time
from the fore stateroom, we found a mound of rusted chain requiring a
hammer to break it up. Me-thinks it time to replace the chain.

Being in the US, metric chain seems unatainable, hence a potential
incompatibility with the windlass gypsy. Anyway, looking for
suggestions, knowing that there are probably as many opinions about
anchoring as there are skippers.

1) Recommended size/type chain. Thinking 3/8" G40 or G70, but can a
replacement gypsy for that size chain be found for this windlass.
Alternatively, is metric chain available in the US at palatable prices.

2) Recommended rode configuration. Thinking 100-150' of chain and
100'-150' of rope. Planning cruising in Caribbean and South Pacific.

Thanks for any help with this,

Mike Ondra
"Drifter" SM #240

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