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Re: Using Windlass Rode Pipe Anyone??
You would be ok if the drop was vertical but I would suspect it would bunch up and jam at other slopes. Chain would be better as its weight would carry it down more. With a chain rode, it tends to pile up in Stalagmites which sometimes need to be toppled to keep from jamming up the works. Therefore, access from the top via a hatch is important so you can reach down and topple the pile. You also need to consider the amount of weight an all chain rode puts up at the bow. With a 23' sailboat, you may be plowing the bow down effecting the sailing characteristics. Check into how much chain you need and how much it would weigh. I suspect you will need at least 150' of chain. What size is required by the windlass and how much would that weigh?
Good to check these questions out before dropping the big $$$ for the unit and being unhappy with the result.
Sailing out of Rock Creek, Chesapeake Bay
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