My Santorin (Nga Waka) is 1991 and 46 feet so I guess similar to your
On purchase the boat was down in the bow, it transpired that
the drain hole was full of dirt and had blocked up! Draining the locker
produced a lift
The chain was very rusty so I took it out and replaced it
with 120 m of 10 mm Italian made chain, the best quality I could find in NZ at
It and the35 kg anchor held fast through the entrails of 3
tropical cyclones at different locations in NZ’s north islands in the past 2
In practice 100 m of chain might make more sense as the
chain is inclined to accumulate under the lofrans in the chain locker, blocking
the flow which then necessitates going below removing the inspection plate and
flattening the chain so the remainder can drop in
Mindful of the condition of the locker I inherited we block
the chain and hole under the lofrans with plasticine or modelling clay before
heading to sea
We also find that removing the inspection port allows the
locker and chain to dry
Finally we use a snug chain as a security back up and also
at anchor so the boat swings on rope across the bow fair lead
Apologies if I’m telling you to suck eggs
Hello fellow Amelians
Many thanks to all those on the forum who have given their thoughts and
experience on anchoring options for my boat
(Currently 50m 12mm chain on older 46ft Maramu and I’m wondering about either
adding more length in chain or rode)
I’d really like to hear from those with chain plus rode extension solutions.
what windlass do you have and how do you swap from chain to rode on the
windlass when raising and lowering the anchor ?
I spoke to the Lofrans distributor in the uk which ended up raising more
questions for me.
He was clear to point out that my Tigres is an all chain windlass the rope
capstan is only for independent use and not setup to the allow transfer from
chain to rope sections.
He said the chain stripper would cause problems with the rode.
If I want a chain plus rode solution I would need a different windlass.
Any experience most welcome as I’ve only ever had an all chain solution before.