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Re: Chain locker tangles?
dreamdoer, in general a tangled rode is not common. But it really depends on your chain locker, it’s shape and depth, and how the rode normally piles up. Under normal circumstances it will pile up as it goes in, and come out in reverse just as easily. The chain landing on rope shouldn’t increase the chance of a tangle.
The times I’ve run into problems is when my rode pile rolls over on top of itself, usually after I’ve hit heavy seas for a while. But my rode is all-chain.
I’d recommend feeding the new rode down the hawse pipe as you would normally do when storing it. Then try hauling it back out. If it comes out cleanly — especially if you do it a few times — then you’re probably fine.
You could haul a bunch out and flake it on deck as you prepare to anchor, but this presents a possible danger if it should get away from you. I’d rather get comfortable with it feeding in and out properly.
BTW, yes; mark your rode in some way. How you do it, including what gradients, is up to you. If you normally anchor in shallow waters, then a finer gradient is warranted. Doesn’t really matter, as long as you know what it is.
I personally mark every 10 feet in one colour, and every 50 feet in another. I mostly key in on the 50’ marks as I’m rolling it out, but sometimes I appreciate the finer detail. As with most things in cruising, there’s no 'single answer.’ Whatever works for you is the Right Answer.
Why go fast, when you can go slow.
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