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Re: What packs in anchor locker better? Nylon or Chain?
Pretty clear that smaller diameter chain will fit better. However, it won’t necessarily fill automatically. That depends on the geometry of the hawse and locker. Chain often has the tendency to castle up, like sand dropping through an hourglass. In some configurations, it will fall over intermittently and trap itself, making it harder to deploy. I suspect you won’t put out all 200 ft each time. When you do, it’s not unheard of to have to manually push the initial retrieve around the base of the chain locker to evenly fill the corners. At some point, the rest works on its own.
Personally, I’m a fan of all chain, unless it’s not a viable option. My reasons are beyond the scope of your question.
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