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Thread: Athena 38 (2000). Solution Anchor chain blocking??

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    Exclamation Athena 38 (2000). Solution Anchor chain blocking??

    We have sailed our Athena the past 3 seasons, and have had some irritating jobs - manually moving the piling up chain bunch under need the winch.
    This is acceptable - but irritating - when you have the time to do that.

    Due to a situation this week, where the blocking stopped the intake of the anchor in a small harbor and created a dammed situation - we now want yo solve his design problem once and for all!

    Does any owner/user of the Athena38 have a clever idea, which we could use avoiding this problem again.
    The problem is the low distance between the winch and the bottom of the anchor well!

    Hope yo hear some smart and best of all simple solutions.

    Thanks in advance
    Niels
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    Default Re: Athena 38 (2000). Solution Anchor chain blocking??

    I sympathize with you...My SeaWind CatNip hull #7 has a Muir non electric anchor winch with a fall for the chain of 3 inches; I think there is a minimum of 18 inch fall required to prevent piling of the chain. Anyway unless you have an extra hand to move the chain the windless is of no use hence I do not use it. SeaWind in their wisdom as moved the winch to the compartment by the mast to correct the situation.
    I now haul the anchor by hand or by using a snatch block secured to the large anchor cleat and go to the main halyard winch on the mast.
    Your situation and mine happens when items are installed on a new production boat and not tested out.
    Good luck and keep sailing.

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    Default Re: Athena 38 (2000). Solution Anchor chain blocking??

    LazyCat, I don't know the details of your boat, but if the chain is falling onto a sloping part of the locker, then you could put a suitably large sheet of stainless steel where it lands and some distance beyond that. This allows the chain to slide before it sticks. If it lands on a fibreglass surface it is unlikely to slide away. It depends on your situation, but it worked for us.

    Mike
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    Default Re: Athena 38 (2000). Solution Anchor chain blocking??

    Someone suggested putting one of those orange witches hats in the locker so the chain falls on it to help it stack right. Haven't tried it myself but may be a cheap way to find out provided you have road works close.

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    Default Re: Athena 38 (2000). Solution Anchor chain blocking??

    Here is a rather inelegant but practical approach from an FP46:

    FP 46.jpg

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    Default Re: Athena 38 (2000). Solution Anchor chain blocking??

    1erCRU, welcome. Where did you spot that one!!! ?

    What an awful indictment of the design that an owner was forced to resort to that. Wonderful!

    Mike
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    Default Re: Athena 38 (2000). Solution Anchor chain blocking??

    Thanks for the welcome! I was perusing for-sale cats and happened to remember having a laugh over this one. I'm a long time lurker.

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    Default Re: Athena 38 (2000). Solution Anchor chain blocking??

    Thanks Regesner.

    Sounds very interesting.
    However - what is a 2 x 4?
    Is i a piece of wood - or? I would like to try your method.

    Thanks
    Niels

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    Default Re: Athena 38 (2000). Solution Anchor chain blocking??

    A 2x4 is a piece of pine or spruce that is used in the framing of houses in North America. It measures approximately 35mm by 85mm (2x4 is a misnomer as they measure somewhat smaller)
    Any piece of flat, relatively sturdy wood (aluminum, stainless) will do.

    Cheers.
    Paul.
    Last edited by svquintana; 27th July 2013 at 01:07 PM.

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    Default Re: Athena 38 (2000). Solution Anchor chain blocking??

    Thanks Paul - for the extremely speedy answer.

    I have now fully understood - and I will try the method coming period - and report the result in our boat.

    At the moment we are sailing in Greece and will have to put the boat on hard for 1-2 month before sailing here again.

    ----
    On top of the pyramiding of chain - we have observed another winch problem, for which I will open a thread.

    Thanks for your support

    Niels

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    Default Re: Athena 38 (2000). Solution Anchor chain blocking??

    You're welcome. I hope it works for your situation, it certainly worked well for me.

    Cheers.
    Paul.

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