endless wrote:I have just purchased a '85 Victoria Frances 26 sloop rig (no bowsprit) and am preparing for a few projects before I put her on the water near Norfolk, Virginia with plans to head south.
One of my first projects is to upgrade to a chain rode. The anchor locker has not been modified and what one would find in the "Drawings" section of this website. I need some advice on how much weight she might be able to handle at the bow. As I prepare to switch to a chain rode I am concerned with having too much weight at the bow.
How much chain have you been able to store in the chain locker?
I am looking at adding 100 feet (30 meters) of 1/4 inch high test chain. To be honest I don't know how much volume 100 feet of 1/4 chain will be. That certainly could be a deciding factor. I have on hand my choice of either a 25 CQR or a 35 CQR and will most likely stick with one of those. I would like to keep the anchor at the bow ready for deployment. In general I would like to hear from people who have a good feeling on how much weight at the bow a Frances 26 can handle without affecting her fine sailing qualities
Any advice or thoughts would be appreciated.
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