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Old 07-09-2012
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Re: Opinions on anchor swivels

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Tod, what type of swivel do you have and how do you have it attached?
I am not certain of the manufacturer. I have 2 swivels, one was purchased at a boatshow from Fawcetts and the other from West Marine, I believe. I have 2 anchors, each with it's own swivel. They are both robustly built. I use them to attach the anchor to the chain which permits them to pass more easily through the anchor roller. The problem with the traditional shackle was that it would jam in the roller and prevent complete retrieval and create a difficult chore up on the bowsprit. One of the swivels is attached using an allen wrench, the other a flat head screw driver. All fasteners are treated with red loctite. I needed to remove both swivels to disassemble the bowsprit earlier this year. I did so after applying heat to the threads to free the grip of the loctite. Both swivels were in excellent shape, no bent or mangled metal and all joints showed no signs of wear.

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Re: Opinions on anchor swivels

I like keeping things simple and since I see no practical reason for a swivel I don't use one. We have all chain rode and generally don't have a problem with the anchor, although once in awhile I'll have to give it a pull with the boat hook to align it properly in the roller. I'm pretty sure I would have to do that almost every time with a swivel.
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Re: Opinions on anchor swivels

We've got a swivel on this boat and I'd second John and Dave's remarks.

We do have an occasional need to plonk the anchor with the boathook or it comes up backwards. I have noticed that if I bring it up with the boat stationary or nearly so no problem but with some way on, the anchor wil spin underwater and then not fully realign. If it brings up a lump of mud then all bets are off.

As for the swivel, I suspect it does contribute to the problem and I intend removing it at some point. Certainly if I was to be leaving the boat at anchor for any time I'd not want it there but for now I'm not overly worried.
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Re: Opinions on anchor swivels

My concern wasn't so much with retrieving the anchor as I have to be on the foredeck to operate the windlass anyway, getting the anchor situated in the roller is fairly easy and just part of the job.
I was more concerned with how the anchor would sit in the mud with say 400feet of twisted chain and rode, in a hard blow with a current.
But that got me to thinking, was the swivel designed for just the ease of aligning your anchor in the roller, or was it originally meant to function underwater and the ease it created in aligning your anchor in the roller came after the fact?
Is the anchor going to have a tendancy to rotate if there is no swivel?
Over 90% of the boats in our marina have a swivel, and they have one for a reason I just don't understand the reason. Why would you needlessly compromise a connection? A splice or a shackle that can be easily inspected and makes far more sense to me, but am I missing something here?
Hey John, how much chain do you have on board and what type of primary anchor are you using?
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