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Anchor chain sizing for windlass

As I've been going through the systems on my boat I am finally addressing my ground tackle. The anchor chain that it's currently on my vessel (Beneteau First 42) is not sized correctly for the windlass. A manual windlass is installed and looks to be original to the boat. This is nearly a 30 year old boat so of course no identifying marks can be found on the windlass nor is there any documentation. I've been trying to find a way to size this manually without problems and haven't found anything on the forum or online. I'm at the point of breaking out calipers and trying to size it that way. Any suggestions on proper ways to size it?
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Re: Anchor chain sizing for windlass

You could get a few samples of chain of various sizes and see which links fit your windlass.

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Re: Anchor chain sizing for windlass

Or remove the chain gypsy from the winch and let a chain dealer size it. You need calibrated chain as well.

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Re: Anchor chain sizing for windlass

my simpson-lawrence sea tiger 555 has a bronze-coated iron gipsy that takes 3/8, 7/16, or 1/2 " short-length,calibrated chain. If your in Tampa bay's for sale!
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