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Old 07-10-2012
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Re: Opinions on anchor swivels

My concern wasn't so much with retrieving the anchor as I have to be on the foredeck to operate the windlass anyway, getting the anchor situated in the roller is fairly easy and just part of the job.
I was more concerned with how the anchor would sit in the mud with say 400feet of twisted chain and rode, in a hard blow with a current.
But that got me to thinking, was the swivel designed for just the ease of aligning your anchor in the roller, or was it originally meant to function underwater and the ease it created in aligning your anchor in the roller came after the fact?
Is the anchor going to have a tendancy to rotate if there is no swivel?
Over 90% of the boats in our marina have a swivel, and they have one for a reason I just don't understand the reason. Why would you needlessly compromise a connection? A splice or a shackle that can be easily inspected and makes far more sense to me, but am I missing something here?
Hey John, how much chain do you have on board and what type of primary anchor are you using?
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