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Re: Windlass Blues
Going on a cruise changes things a bit. First, I completely agree with having all chain, when cruising. Chafing rope on a wrapped coral head is no bueno. No way I would pull a chain up on a gypsy that was designed solely for rope, creating shards of chrome or beating up the bronze/brass. How would you use it for rope again, if you needed to deploy a back up anchor.
Is the windlass otherwise in good shape? If you would have never questioned its condition, had it the correct part to begin with, I would still make an effort to find the right part. This assumes it's relatively inexpensive. If you might question the longevity of the windlass, get a new one. Pretty important kit, if one is living on the hook.
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In the harsh marine environment, something is always in need of repair. Margaritas fix everything.