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Re: Ground Tackle for PSC 34
Well...I can't address the particular issues you're having with fitting the anchor on the roller. We don't have a platform/bowsprit on Jo Beth. Our dual roller is in the stemhead fitting and we have a 44lb Rocna that snuggles in just fine.
As to your rodes, for comparison, we have 150' of 5/16" chain, (I don't recall offhand if it's BBB, etc.), with 150' of 1/2" 3-strand nylon rode on the Rocna. Our secondary, or 'lunch hook' is a Fortress (the correct one for the boat length) on 35' of 5/16" chain and 150' of 1/2" 3-strand nylon. We're going to replace the primary chain in a couple of years and I think I'm going to increase the chain to 200' and shorten the nylon by 50' or even 100'. Still mulling this around.
We have a Lofrans Tigress 'up-only' windlass, with a chain gypsy on one side and a drum on the other. Personally, I've never been a fan of the 'combo' gypsy units. It does sound like your chain and gypsy are likely mismatched, causing the issue you describe. Sorry I can't offer anything more concrete.
Bill & Lisa Ballard
S/V Jo Beth
1984 Pacific Seacraft Crealock 34, Hull #16
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