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Re: Windlass technique: use messenger/snubber line with chain?

Originally Posted by outbound View Post
Don't understand much of this discussion. A couple of feet up from interface use a truckers hitch to attach a line. Use one of the winches at the mast or long line to a primary ( this allows long sections to be unstressed). Tighten, winch in and take all strain off rode. Now have unstressed section of rode to feed by hand into locker. Rinse and repeat as necessary. No additional expense as a stout dock line or other spare line will serve. Use two lines to make it easier to untie truckers hitch and work rode in safely. Slow but foolproof. We've done this on a thirty thousand lbs boat when using the fortress secondary anchor which has rope to chain rode. Sure it would work fine on OPs smaller boat and he can keep his set up until there are bucks in the cruising kitty. Works best if you use engine to keep strain off rode. Have done it without mechanical advantage or secondary lines with just with an alert person at the helm on prior psc34 which is in the same weight range as OP but need to watch your fingers in case there's stress of rode inadvertently.

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