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Re: What if No-Chain?
An all chain rode, for probably most users, typically involves an electric windlass/gypsy and a high pressure washdown. The washdown cleans the chain as fast as you can retrieve it - most times (if you have enough water pressure and volume). One toe on the windlass' foot switch and one thumb on the wash down nozzle, the other hand is for holding the morning's coffee cup .... easy peasy .
With mixed rodes, you need two hands to retrieve hand-over-hand and with no way to use a wash down during retrieval .... OR pull up, stop, wash, pull more, stop, wash, ad infinitum; OR, use the rope portion of the gypsy and still have no means to operate the wash down because it still requires two hands to keep the rope tight on the rope capstan-gypsy as you retrieve.
And then there's (the occasional to rare): retrieve the rode and dump it into a big sodden slimy pile on the foredeck while you attempt to quickly move to find a spot that 'may' hold because the first mud hole 'just won't hold' the damn anchor, .....and then you have to wash the deck, 'the pile', your pants, your boat shoes, your face, your arms/hands/legs etc., ..... and several days/weeks/months later all the congealed goo thats now become a hardened evil mess in the bottom of your rope locker.
I prefer an all chain rode chiefly because with an elec. windlass + wash down - its MUCH cleaner, MUCH faster, etc. and I have less chance of losing a finger. If I was 'smarter', Id fix the wash nozzle to near the anchor roller, and put another windlass switch in the cockpit (next to the coffee cup), and maybe install a larger volume wash down pump .... .
Last edited by RichH; 11-07-2017 at 12:22 AM.