Two days of the charter boat show are now behind us and we are left with only one half day remaining. Michael, Rebecca and I are all looking forward to having this behind us so that we can enjoy some sailing time together. Based on the broker comments we have heard, we are doing well and I expect we’ll be busy this season. Fingers are crossed as that’s what we’re hoping for.
You may think that we have been spending all of our time recently on cosmetic issues for the boat show. While that has definitely been our focus the last few days, we took advantage of our time on the dock to look after a much more tangible boat improvement, upgrading our ground tackle.
One Love came with what I assume is the standard 150′ of chain for an anchor rode. Although it also had a bit of line spliced to the end of that, the rope really only served to show whoever was deploying the anchor that you were about to run out of rode. One hundred and fifty feet may seem like a lot but in reality, when anchoring in anything greater than 20′, we really can’t deploy enough chain to get the scope that we’d like. We had twice here in the Virgins run all of the chain out of the locker! As, in my opinion, proper ground tackle is one of the most important safety systems on a boat, this issue had to be addressed. And so we did.
We arrived to the dock at Yacht Haven Grand on Sunday at 10:00 AM and at noon hour we were paid a visit by Buzz, a local marine supplier we were introduced to by our friends Keith and Jaime. Buzz’s focus is ground tackle and he had just the stuff that we needed: 3/8″ Acco G4 chain. He was also not adverse to doing a delivery on a Sunday!
Not our chain. Just an image I grabbed from the net
because I didn’t feel like running out to the chain locker to snap a photo.
Swapping out the chain was a relatively simple task with one person on the dock feeding it out of a barrel and another at the windlass paying it into the locker. The old chain I had moved to the compartment just beside the primary locker and although we may sell it, for the moment I’m holding onto it. Our primary rode is now 300′ of brand new chain. Some may think that that is a lot of weight on a boat but it is a price I’m willing to pay. We are fortunate in that the chain locker on a Leopard 4600 is center of the boat, aft of the trampoline, almost right under the mast. This center position is much better from a trim point of view than having the chain stuffed into one of the bows. Now anchoring at the back of some of the Virgin Island mooring fields won’t be such a bit of drama.