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I agree with An Lat that a good snubber on chain rode is vital - for numbers of reasons including bending the shaft on the windlass (my PO did so) if the chain runs directly from anchor to windlass. I would encourage line, rather than elastic snubbers, and have had great experience with line called Yale Brait - this from their site Yale Cordage - Ropes for Arborists, Pleasure Marine and Industrial Applications "Originally designed for commercial shipping use, Yale Brait has found a strong following among pleasure marine enthusiasts. Because of its plaited construction, Brait absorbs more energy than other docklines. As a result, hardware on both deck and dock undergo less wear and tear. For added durability and performance, Brait is tuck-spliced by hand to Cordage Institute Standards. Available in White and Black from 3/8" to 5/8".

We use it for chain snubbers and as our secondary rode.
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"....the hauling is done by my wife....." ...an anchor wench?
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You shouldn't be using the windlass as the connection point for the anchor rode. It should be going to a cleat or mooring bitt that is heavily backed and of decent size.

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I agree with An Lat that a good snubber on chain rode is vital - for numbers of reasons including bending the shaft on the windlass (my PO did so) if the chain runs directly from anchor to windlass. I would encourage line, rather than elastic snubbers, and have had great experience with line called Yale Brait - this from their site Yale Cordage - Ropes for Arborists, Pleasure Marine and Industrial Applications "Originally designed for commercial shipping use, Yale Brait has found a strong following among pleasure marine enthusiasts. Because of its plaited construction, Brait absorbs more energy than other docklines. As a result, hardware on both deck and dock undergo less wear and tear. For added durability and performance, Brait is tuck-spliced by hand to Cordage Institute Standards. Available in White and Black from 3/8" to 5/8".

We use it for chain snubbers and as our secondary rode.
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SD - agree absolutely and perhaps I wasn't clear. Our snubber goes from the chain to the heavily backed deck cleat. The PO had used the windlass as the connection point and hence the shaft was bent and we had to replace the whole bloody device. My point about snubbers was a preference for the Brait to rubber devices. Sorry for the confusing post.
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This is the snubber we use... works well... http://www.defender.com/product.jsp?path=-1|10391|32295|321087&id=718715
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"....the hauling is done by my wife....." ...an anchor wench?
Yeah... I called her that once, but only once.
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Sort of on the topic - My new boat is listed at 13000 pounds (dry) and I need to get a new anchor. It seems to me that Deltas get good reviews from everyone who uses them but I am wondering what size to get. We will be sailing up and down the east coast and in the Bahamas. Is the 35lb. model overkill or can I get away with the 22lb?

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SCK...no way you should get anything less than 35lb Delta as your primary. Suggest at least 100 ft. of chain for Bahamas coral chafe protection if you are doing a combo rode. I assume you know about the newer designs (Rocna,Spade, Manson et. al.) and have rejected them. A 35lb. Manson would run about $150 bucks more and be superior in my judgement but I lived happily on my delta while cruising so get what your budget allows but get ENOUGH anchor. Not a place you want to skimp.
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That wasn't specifically directed at you...since I figured you learned from the PO's mistake.... but as a general statement about anchor rodes. So many people think that a windlass is a good way to secure the rode.

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SD - agree absolutely and perhaps I wasn't clear. Our snubber goes from the chain to the heavily backed deck cleat. The PO had used the windlass as the connection point and hence the shaft was bent and we had to replace the whole bloody device. My point about snubbers was a preference for the Brait to rubber devices. Sorry for the confusing post.
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