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S&S Swan General - Chain Locker
06 December 2014 - 16:33
Join Date: 25 October 2014
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Chain Locker
I am 3/4 through a major refit of my 38 Salamanda. I have the chain locker on the floor between the pipe cots and windlass just forward of the hatch on the deck.

I have not seen a similar arrangement on any other 38.

Is there a technique for stopping the chain rubbing on the deck when anchoring.

06 December 2014 - 19:50
Join Date: 27 September 2012
Posts: 38

Use a chain grip from Wichard and connect it with a stretching rope to a clamp. In fact this is good seamanship. On bigger Swan's you need it to protect the anchorwinch from heavy loads in swel.

07 December 2014 - 09:30
Join Date: 02 January 2008
Posts: 1547

It is assumed you are concerned about the chain chafing on the deck, as this will ruin the surface. For protecting the deck you should put a chain gutter under the exposed length of chain. It can simply be a removable wooden plank with a suitable groove, expect it to suffer with the time. UV-resistant thermoplastic would last longer.
It is a good idea also on this size of yacht to use a chain hook, windlasses are not made to hold big loads. There are different solutions available, on a strop or bolted to the deck, and it is important that the attachment is sufficiently strong and chafe resistant.
Kind regards

07 December 2014 - 16:04
Join Date: 25 October 2014
Posts: 9

Many thanks, we call this a "Snub" in England. and as you rightly say it is good seamanship.

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