Originally Posted by PeterR
Hi Neil my hope with chain was to simply feed into locker job done but if in practice this wont work i think its back to rope idea.Does any one use all chain on their rib and have any regrets
Peter, I use all chain. Some of it is 6mm and some of it is 8mm. It doesn't tangle, just dump it into the locker as you haul it in. I actually carry two systems. For short stays or where there is no risk I'm happy to use chain and warp or all chain. For leaving the boat secure, you'll sleep better if you've used all chain. The boat also lies more softly to the chain than it does to rope.
The weight isn't an issue, unless you plan to anchor over deep water, since you are only lifting the distance to the sea bed not the whole length of chain you've laid. And, contrary to Stoo's thoughts, it does get lighter under water.
Put the chain into the locker but keep some back on deck. After retrieving the anchor, lay it into the locker on the chain and flake the chain from the deck onto the top of the anchor. You'll be surprised how well it settles and stays put.
My anchor locker has two compartments so if I use warp and chain they are laid into separate compartments. Mooring buoys and extra warp are just laid on top of the chain. It all just seems to stay there without a problem.
It's been discussed many times on Ribnet....for more info, do a search.