I needed an anchor I could put my trust in for my little Montgomery 17 (1600lbs displacement) so I bought a Rocna 6 (13lbs) so that I could sleep easy at night. The Montgomery doesn't have any storage large enough under the cockpit seats for the anchor and I can't fit it in the fuel locker at the aft end of the cockpit, so something had to be done so that I could store it down below.
After playing with it quite a bit in the cabin moving in different positions and angle and visualizing what I was going to build to hold this thing and the rode I came up with a plan. I would put it in a cusotm box and slide it under the cockpit, right inside the companionway. I only have about 12" height clearance under there so I had to be very precise if I wanted this to work out right.
I first tried a mild crate with the rode in the bottom. I cut some of the sides out to allow the anchor to rest all the way down on the rode but it just wouldn't sit low enough.
So I decided to build a mock-up box that would hold both the anchor and the rode (currently 20' of chain and 100' of line). After messing with the design in my head and on the workbench I came up with this.
It hold the anchor securely and doesn't let it move much at all, and there is room for a good bit more rode if I decide to go to 150' of line.
Next I am going to build the final box. I first was thinking that I would buy some of that composite building material and make the box from it. Then I got to thinking that since I am a woodworker and I have plenty of cabinet grade plywood scraps why not just build it out of plywood? All I would do is get it several good coats of poly and be done with it. If it doesn't work out like I want it or if it wears out for odd reason then I can spend money on some composite materials.
I plan to have several holes in the bottom to allow for water drainage. Also I will cut several larger holes in the sides to get rid of some weight but not to much to hurt it structurally. A few hand holes around the top will be put in there too.
What do you guy's think?