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This is interesting and seemingly contradictory re: the HC 38. If the chain builds up under the hause pipe (inlet) I'd suspect the chain locker was too narrow. But as it seems to be deep and as he has to "un-knot" the chain when letting out his anchor, it sounds like the locker is wide. I'd ask what his experience was prior to the new Lofrans - is there anything to learn from his prior experience?
We use a complete chain rode on Taronga and experienced similar problems with our chain "knotting itself" in the locker during the first year of a new windlass. We found that by bringing in the chain more slowly and allowing it to "settle" in the locker seems to have resolved our issues.
As I'm sure you know, the idea is to build a chain "pyramid" as the chain comes into the locker. I have heard of folks putting a length of pipe extending below deck level by 6" to 1' so keep the pile/pyramid from building up too high and narrow. I get nervous about moving chain lower into a locker as when/if it gets tangled, it's bloody hard to get at.
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