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post #5 of Old 08-08-2016
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Re: Windlass technique: use messenger/snubber line with chain?

Originally Posted by TakeFive View Post
Not interested. It's not a drum swap. Since it's a one-way up only windlass, you'd have to replace the whole thing, which means major surgery in the anchor locker.

Plus, having chartered and borrowed boats with both all chain and rope rode, I am much happier with rope for a boat my size.

I'm open to comments on my original proposal.

Fair enough. My experiences with trip lines has always been bad so I won't use them anymore.

Find it odd that it is only one direction on the windlass. Wonder if there was a way to build a switch that reverses polarity to make it go both ways? Probably not worth trying as the gypsy conversion is likely a custom job.

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