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The Questions so far -
Q1 - I have a question…the current set-up does not have a swivel…do you recommend a swivel..how do you get around the anchor not stowing properly if you do?? Also..if yes..any particular type? Any particular rating etc??
A - Our view on swivels -
But, and this is the be read in conjunction with the above -
What sort of Swivel? -
A good one with decent loads. Most boats forget their anchoring systems so anything that goes into them needs to last well and do so with little maintenance and checking. Yes we know all boats always check their gear (insert Tui advert here) but have found over the decades that statement is a tad bull excrement and things only get looked at when a problem or failure happens. So the swivel needs to last well. What we'd look for in a swivel -
So our recommendation is fit a swivel if you have a shortish length of chain to a laid (3 strand) rope, if you don't have that don't fit a swivel and see how it goes. If you have a issue you can retro fit a swivel in a few minutes.
Comments based on decades in the game, having designed a swivel now extensively copied by China and is the base of many being sold today, having sold over 6000 swivels during that time, testing lots of them and seeing the results of shonky ones. Most importantly we have also spent a lot of time taking swivels out of systems to remove problems cause by them.
Q2 - What options do I have in NZ for short link anchor chain manufacturers?
A - You only 3. There is Maggi Catene SpA an top quality Italian manufactuer, PWB who manufacture damn good stuff in Aussie. Everything else is from China even if some is suggested to be from elesewhere. (editors note: The same applies in Aussie as well)
Q3 - I would like your advice on the subject of anchor swivels.
If you have one ask away here