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Re: what use is the anchor locker ...?
Most older boats are set up like that. There is a chain/rope locker forward of the v-berth, with a access door in the bulkhead. The chain/rope goes up to the deck via a hawsepipe, or in the case of many boats (like mine) via a vent cowling. The anchor is either stored on deck, on a bow roller, or in a cockpit storage locker/lazaret and shackled on and off each time it is used.
I keep the anchor on my boat in a 5-gallon bucket, attached to its chain/rode (and a secondary/back-up anchor stored the same way), and just schlep it forward when needed. The chain locker has a shore power cord, but is otherwise just wasted space. I've been thinking of installing some sort of deck hatch so that I have better access to the space. If I do get around to installing such a hatch, I probably will just store extra dock lines, fenders, and other light stuff in there; keeping the weight of the anchor and rode stored further aft, where it won't do as much harm.
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