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?