Anchor chain stacking in chain locker

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October 6, 2017 at 14:57 #26171
Czarina Blue
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My 90m of 10mm chain is stacking in my locker, such that a member of the crew has to enter the focsle, lift the cushions, remove the locker lid and flake the chain to left and right by hand as it is hauled up, to stop the pyramid of chain forming below the down pipe. Without this action it will jam every 6 metres or so coming in. This is inconvenient and could be dangerous if short handed.

A plastic pipe takes the chain in a straight drop directly down from my Lofrans Tigres. Short of major joining work to redesign the front cabin, making the locker longer towards the centre of the vessel ( means cutting into the under-bunk lockers either side, which is a major job) , I can’t see how else to make it run freely.

Any ideas welcome.

Thanks

Duncan

October 6, 2017 at 15:19 #26172
Czarina Blue
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I should add that this was also a problem with a previous 60 m length of chain that came with the boat, but which I replaced due to age.

November 20, 2017 at 17:05 #26181
PeterM
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Duncan,
I changed the angle on the plastic pipe guiding the chain to make the chain fall into a deeper wider area of the chain locker. the locker lid was modified, and a wood support for the bottom of the pipe protrudes into the locker opening by about a pipe diameter. the chain slides down the pipe smoothly at this angle. the cushions had a notch for the pipe each side and now the pipe pushes between them, it does not look perfect, but lower on my list…
I am now able to let out 90ft of chain and pull it back in without “flaking” the chain in the locker. I find if you need more than 90ft of chain out, it is best to stop at the 90 ft mark and clear an area in the locker for the pile to come. If cleared out properly the 90ft comes and goes without trouble.
I have the 5/16″ BBB chain.
I am generally happy with the arrangement. I was tempted to angle the pipe further, but it would have needed to be longer, and would have closed off access to the chain locker (two lids one each side?)

Peter

November 20, 2017 at 20:14 #26182
Czarina Blue
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Thanks Peter, That is helpful, I will have a go.Cheers

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