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I really appreceate all the good advise. Next question: the new winch has a gypsy set up for 5/16" chain (I believe). I went down to the boat this weekend to check and the current chain MAY be 3/8" (I didn't have a micrometer). If this turns out true and I have a 1/16" discrepency between the gypsy and the chain, how significant is it?
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Don't use the windlass on chain it isn't designed for. It is dangerous and under a heavy load could seriously damage the gypsy itself. If you're not sure what chain you have, you're probably best off buying new chain for the windlass that is of the proper specification.

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I really appreceate all the good advise. Next question: the new winch has a gypsy set up for 5/16" chain (I believe). I went down to the boat this weekend to check and the current chain MAY be 3/8" (I didn't have a micrometer). If this turns out true and I have a 1/16" discrepency between the gypsy and the chain, how significant is it?
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Take off a short piece of your chain and do a test fit. Also take it to the place you bought the windlass and make sure it fits. If not they should exchange gypsies for you.
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Sailingdog - I suspected that might be the advice given. I'll verify the size of chain I have and will act accordingly (erring on the side of caution).

You (and a few other notables) have always steered me straight.

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Alas - the chain on Polaris is, indeed, 3/8" and the new windlass specifies 5/16th. DRAT! I guess I'm in the market for some new rode. looking at the chain/rope combination rodes sold by the likes of WestMarine. Any advise before I drop more money into this project?
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Does the windlass specify 5/16" BBB, Proof Coil or High Test g43. My guess is that it is setup for 5/16" G43 high-test. That is the best of the three as it provides the most strength for the weight.

A good rode for you would be 60' of 5/16" G43 high-test chain spliced to 250' of 5/8" megaplait nylon. Connect this to the anchor using a 3/8" crosby load-rated shackle. I hope you've got a good anchor, like a 35 lb. Manson Supreme or a Rocna 15 (33 lbs).

The Pacific generally requires more rode than the Atlantic or Caribbean as the anchorages are generally deeper.
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If your rode is in good condition why not see if you can exchange the gypsy for one that will fit your chain. Why pay money to put on a lighter chain than the one you have.
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OK - so I took the plunge and purchased a new ELECTRIC winch for Polaris. The new Lewmar Pro Series 1000 will replace the S/L Hyspeed that went inop on us. Any advise on how best to fill in the bolt holes from the installation of the original winch?
Be sure to pre-drill, de-core and fill the holes for the NEW mounting hardware, in a manner similar to how you fill the old holes, so any core will be protected from future leaks.
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OK - so I'm going to display my ignorance again...pre-drill and de-core???
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You want any fixtures going thru a cored panel to actually be drilled through an epoxy (preferably a collodial silica paste) plug so even with a leaking fitting, water cant get to the core.

West Systems haqve a lot of good info about using their products, try
WEST SYSTEM | Projects | Fiberglass Boat Repair and Restoration - Fiberglass deck repair-Part 1, Replacing damaged balsa core
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