One change that we DID need to make, however... was the way our anchors were set up. Or NOT set up, as the case may be...
|Elongated chain to rope splice|
We went to work next on our primary anchor, which is a 55 lb. Spade. We have had nothing but great experiences with it and haven't dragged anchor yet (knock on teak). We are gaining confidence in our primary, but needed to make a change. It only had 110 ft of chain and no rope rode. This is great for most of the places we have anchored (or will?) but we felt that we needed to extend the length by adding some three strand rope. The rope adds the ability to stretch should we get into a storm situation where our chain-only rode is hard on the boat. We have a new snubber for use when we have out only chain, but we want to be prepared for all situations.
This time, I found a better set of instructions for the elongated splice. This one didn't stop after the first set of tucks and skip to the end. If you plan on using this to do some splicing yourself, take a look at both but use this one for your splice.
|Finished splice with whipped links|
|Success! It went through the windlass!|
We tested the splice to make sure it went through before we finished it off. It took a tiny bit of coaxing, but it went through smoothly. I think that once the splice gets "settled" and isn't so new... it will go right through without a hiccup!
We still needed to mark the chain, which once had zip ties marking the lengths, but most of them are long gone.
Bruce also brushed off the rust from the point of our anchor. I painted that with rust paint too.
Once dry, we packed the primary anchor and chain into the locker... Job two done!
We enjoyed learning how to splice, and still could maybe try a few things differently next time, but we're feeling pretty good about getting these things off our To-Do list... Here's to hoping they don't appear on the TDO (to do over) list!