We had a great Labor Day weekend laboring on s/v Florian. We re-installed new, longer rope with a new splice to our existing chain, and put the anchor back on with a new shackle, minus the last 6 chain links that were corroded.
|Stiff, twisted rope in the anchor locker. With Don on deck using the windlass |
and me down below wrestling rope kinks, we eventually got it all off the boat.
The splice in our chain/rope was too stiff & swollen to fit through the windlass. After several attempts - both wet and dry - we decided to pull the chain, rope and anchor off Florian so we could lay it all out in the garage at home and take a closer look at the entire rode.
|Anchor and rode off the boat and in the car.|
We cut the fat, old splice off, and I was amazed at how fluffy and light the interior of the nylon strands are, considering how hard and stiff they were on the outside from compression and 16 years of silt & salt water.
|After cutting the splice, the rope opened up, like a flower.|
(I know, that's a total girl-statement, but I get to. (: )
The anchor shackle screw pin was corroded, and the last 6 links of chain were pretty beat up too. Don used a plumbing wrench to get the shackle off, and we bought new, longer rope. We had a new splice made to our existing chain (70 ft), after cutting the bad links off. I'm interested in learning to splice, but since keeping the chain and rope connected is rather crucial, I'll opt to leave this new splice to a professional so I can relax when we're anchored, and I'll practice splicing with the old rope.
|The previous shackle had to be wrenched from the anchor|
|Do you know of a chain manufacturer that stamps the links with SL?|
|Pile o' rode|
|Bearded Propeller on s/v Florian|
|After lots of labor over Labor Day weekend, it's time to relax on Florian.|