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post #2 of Old 11-23-2010
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I have a cal 30. I carry 200ft of 1/4" chain in my bow locker and keep a 22lb Delta on the bow roller with no problems. If this is causing a problem I haven't noticed it. I usually sail off the Oregon Coast. Swells are most commonly in the 8 to 12 foot range and can be fairly close together. Afternoon winds in the summer are typicaly around 20kts and gusting. On my last boat I built a chain locker at the head of the forward cabin below where the filler would usually go and used PVC pipe to guide it. I didn't bother this time and it hasn't caused my any problems. However, I do try to keep the rest of the weight in the bow to a minimum. No water tanks forward or any heavy gear.
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