Monday, March 29, 2010

Chain down

Chain downSo all that chain on deck you saw?

I can tell you it's much, much heavier than it looks.

Between Seb and I, and a lot of grunting and muttering, I now have one of the lengths of chain stowed down below, in the lower forepeak hold.

After discussion, it was deemed that joining the two chains together would be a little too much for the new windlass if it was to heave the whole lot up from a deep mooring.

Now the chain is out of the way, but accessible if I need it sometime.

Oh yes, and the chain makes for handy ballast.

6 comments:

  1. Anonymous10:30 PM

    For those who, like me, can't get enough of this nautical boaty stuff and want to know what all these bits are and how they work together, I found this rather fascinating writeup:

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/policy/army/fm/55-501/chap21.htm

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  2. Whaddya mean 'grunting and muttering'? Sweating and cursing is closer the mark! Nah, it was over too soon. And given the massive gear down we discovered on that windlass lister engine are you not tempted to test whether or not it could lift both chains together? Of course this means finding a deep water anchorage on which to employ some sort of progressive testing but hey.

    regards, S.

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  3. That picture looks a bit more like a an old barn than old Lady Jane. Ever thought of painting down there? It has to be low on the list now with all that extra chain down there!

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  4. Hi Anonymous

    Interesting....

    Thanks

    Tim

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  5. Hi Seb

    Nahh, there is more than enough length on that chain for the foreseeable future anyway.

    Cheers

    Tim

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  6. Hi Marc

    It's very very unlikely I'll ever paint down there.


    Cheers

    Tim

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