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Old 07-08-2012
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Re: Opinions on anchor swivels

When I say twist, I don't mean twisting in a rubber band airplane fashion as much as I mean applying rotational torque to the end of the fluke by means of a load being applied to the rode. It may only be enough rotational force to turn the anchor a 1/4 or a 1/2 turn, but that could be enough to drag anchor or cause difficulty in setting it.
This will happen when you have a chain or rope at rest. If you apply a pulling force to that, then it will load up rotationally as more pulling force is applied. When the load is removed then the twist returns to it's resting, unloaded position. All chain and three strand rope will do this to some extent.
Most of the boats in our marina have a swivel but I'm still not sold on it.
Tod, what type of swivel do you have and how do you have it attached?
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