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Handling Anchor/Rode with no Locker

So I have no anchor locker and have yet to come up with a good solution for the anchor. Right now it lives in a cockpit locker and has to be carried forward.

What are some people's suggestions and experience?

I do have a mount to put the achor on the bow rail but that still leaves the rode? Do I remove the rode from the anchor and leave that in a locker? My anchor shackle is currently ceased shut and doesn't seem intended for convenient connect/disconnect, and should of course be ceased with monel wiring if it were to be done right, right?
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I have a canvas bucket with a stiff metal hoop in the top to keep it open. I drop the rode in as I haul it, then I unshackle the anchor and stow below after it has dried somewhat in the bucket. Probably not the best but certainly saisfactory.
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Re: Handling Anchor/Rode with no Locker

Schaeffer makes a rail mount that works for a danforth. If you have a bow pulpit you can hang it there. A few boats back, and more years back than we'd like to admit, we used this mount with some success.

I cannot remember what I did with the rode, but I think we kinda coiled and bundled it and tied it to the base of some forward stanchions.
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Re: Handling Anchor/Rode with no Locker

a collapsible box is our "in-use" rode locker, and the anchor lives on the bow pulpit.
We cleat off the desired length of rode (our anchor rode is marked in 5' increments. i wanted to mark in fathoms, but SWMBO wanted to keep things simple.)coil the remainder in the box, and it's good to go. when you retrieve the anchor, the vented box makes it easy to clean the rode- just douse it with a few pails of water.
you can see the anchor bin on the bow of our boat, here:

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Plastic milk jug crate or foldable like BJ said. Or. cut a hole in the deck and use a husepipe to access the space in the bow.


You would have "feed" the rope down and in unlike chain that goes in via it's own weight.
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Re: Handling Anchor/Rode with no Locker

I keep mine in a cockpit locker as well. The anchor lives back there too. I don't like hanging anchors on my pulpit because they tend to be good at snagging and ripping spinnakers! I don't anchor very often, but If I need it I can grab the anchor and chain and carry it forward, and the rode will feed out of the locker as I need it. When rafting I offer to set the stern hook!
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Re: Handling Anchor/Rode with no Locker

Thanks for all the great suggestions. I'll give some thought to this.

I hung the anchor on the mount on the bow pulpit for the first time last night (coming back from fireworks) and realized it partially blocks the forward nav light. So that's one more wrinkle to work out.

I do have a small storage space in the very tip of the V birth but it's not properly sealed off from the cabin (just a wooden hatch) or designed for draining. So if I made use of it I'd need to be able to seal it off well from the deck. A deck inspection plate might actually be a decent idea where I could just reach down in and pull out the rode.
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I do have a small storage space in the very tip of the V birth but it's not properly sealed off from the cabin (just a wooden hatch) or designed for draining. So if I made use of it I'd need to be able to seal it off well from the deck. A deck inspection plate might actually be a decent idea where I could just reach down in and pull out the rode.
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A deck inspection plate might actually be a decent idea where I could just reach down in and pull out the rode.
Maybe. I would be worried that running anchor chain through a plastic inpection plate might get it pretty beat up. I'm in the same situation, and like others, will clip the anchor to the bow pulpit, and carry the rode forward. Maybe add a hawse pipe at some point.

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Maybe. I would be worried that running anchor chain through a plastic inpection plate might get it pretty beat up. I'm in the same situation, and like others, will clip the anchor to the bow pulpit, and carry the rode forward. Maybe add a hawse pipe at some point.
Agreed. Plastic plates also weaken the area they're installed into because their frames offers no strength. A quick search turned up some stainless options although I wouldn't want to rely on any external tool to remove it.

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