Join Date: Sep 2006
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After a year of looking, I've narrowed down my search to two boats:
1) A used (late model) Valiant 42, into which I will put roughly $50,000 to get it to near new condition, with all of the equipment that I want. All upgrades will be done at the Valiant factory in Texas.
2) A new Caliber 40 LRC very similarly equipped to the V42.
The Caliber 40's usual windlass is a Lofrans Project 1000, which only supports up to 5/16" high test chain. My primary anchor will be a 60# CQR. (I would respectfully appreciate it if everyone accepted this anchor choice, since I have spent a lot of time making this tough decision, and would rather not revisit the subject.) I would prefer to use, with this primary anchor, 300' of 3/8" chain, but that would require upgrading to the Lofrans Project 1500. I've researched the Lofrans Project 1000 on the Internet and used the standard formula for determining maximum pull weight, and this model will easily handle the weight of either setup -- it just canít grasp the 3/8" chain.
The Caliber 40 has a displacement of 21,600#, and every used one on the market (that discloses its chain size) is using 5/16".
I am planning a retirement cruise from San Diego to Ecuador -- and eventually perhaps into the Caribbean.
Could I please have your advice as to the adequacy of the 5/16" high test chain for this boat and my intended use?