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Re: Handling Anchor/Rode with no Locker
A couple of thoughts that haven't been covered.
First, the open rode locker into the v-berth is a classic design "feature." There should be a drain either overboard (better) or into the bilge (unfortunate but okay). Usually there is a door with vents between the locker and v-berth. Sometimes it's a piece of canvas snapped over the access opening. The key to a pleasant environment is to keep the drains clear and clean the rode as well as possible before stowage.
Chain is heavy. This puts you in an awkward position of choosing between more chain (fundamentally good but heavy) and less (less good but easier to move around).
My sailing profile seems to be a bit different than most of those posting in this thread. Nevertheless my solutions may be of interest.
I have a Rocna 25 (55#) on 80m of 5/16" (actually 8mm) HT chain with a windlass that drops into the bottom of my chain locker. Another 15m of chain lives in a 5 gallon bucket that shares to top of the anchor locker with six big fenders and my washdown hose. While my anchor locker may be bigger than those discussed here there is lots of stuff in yet. *grin* Stuff expands to fill the space available.
The second length of chain is for my secondary anchor (a Rocna 25 Stowable in the sail locker under the v-berth). I have 80m of Yale Brait (New England Ropes Multi-Plait is an equivalent) in another bucket in my cockpit locker to finish up the secondary rode.
I also have 60m of 16mm lead-core line for a stern anchor. This has been great for med mooring and is easy to keep clean. It's pretty common in Europe but I haven't seen anything in the US except the smaller diameter stuff that crabbers use on trot lines.
Short version - think about weight and moving things around, keeping everything clean before stowing, and the time and energy it takes to move stowed bits around on a bouncing deck. Frankly, small boats (I used to have a Catalina Capri 22) are more work in waves than bigger ones are.
For the smaller boats that have been the topics of posts on this thread you might try SailFar.net.
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