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He wouldn’t; but the builder or dealer would. And : because it is cheaper. A good Lewmar windlass for 5/16” rope/chain will set you back well over what a rope-only one will.But!, why would the designer install a rope only windlass?
We have a hundred feet of chain and two hundred and fifty feet of rode. That’s considered a minimum out here. When I bought our new windlass I ordered a Gypsy to match the chain I had. Check with the manufacturer of your windlass for a combo Gypsy.sure rather have a solid length of chain down there though!
My $.02 worth. As I get older( 76) my 44# Bruce and a hundred feet of 3/8 BBB gets heavier every year. For me it was get a good electric windlass or a much smaller boat with a lighter anchor. I think you need to change your windlass.My "Good" windlass doesn't offer a chain option gypsy and doesn't have a drum I could use to wrap and hoist the chain.
It's looking like that!My $.02 worth. As I get older( 76) my 44# Bruce and a hundred feet of 3/8 BBB gets heavier every year. For me it was get a good electric windlass or a much smaller boat with a lighter anchor. I think you need to change your windlass.
Whoever originated this "rule" is an idiot (IMHO). Boat length has nothing at all to do with anchor loads, scope, catenary, or abrasion/cut-resistance. Windage and boat weight are factors, not length.Rule of thumb is one foot of chain per foot of boat. You might find this article helpful.
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Rule of thumb. I can (or at least am willing to) pull up about 60 pounds worth of anchor gear. My anchor is a 35lb Mantus. 5/16" chain weighs 1.1lb/ft. Therefore 60lb - 35lb = 25lb of chain / 1.1 lb/ft = 22'.Whoever originated this "rule" is an idiot (IMHO).