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Re: Best suggestion for adding 100 lbs to the anchor locker

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Right now there's 20 ft or so of chain. Would there be any significant advantage to extending that? A quick look online showed 90ft lengths of chain with the correct weight, roughly. Bear in mind there is no windlass (yet)
If you don't have a windlass then you don't want any more chain than you can lift and pull board. You probably should have more than 20' though/

Experience taught me that when we dropped the anchor for the first time on a boat we just bought, we should have checked just how much chain was being let out. As it turned out we were in about 60' of water and had over 200' of chain with no windlass. Things didn't go well.

We currently have 20' with an oversized anchor, but it's not nearly enough chain for our 36' boat, so we're going to add at least another 100'.

Add your chain and buy a windlass.

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Re: Best suggestion for adding 100 lbs to the anchor locker

I agree with Chris that you only have to lift the anchor weight plus chain for the depth you are anchored in - hopefully closer to 20' than 70'. If you are getting a windlass all chain makes sense, otherwise not.

What are your cruising plans? Windlass and all chain may make sense if going far but if you are staying local probably not.

I think my first choice would be to move the batteries farther forward if possible.They should be in the middle 50% of the boat if possible.

Failing that if you have heavy items that are used rarely like tools store them under the V-berth. I wouldn't put weight higher than necessary, and except for anchor chain certainly not as high as an anchor locker.

Ideally if you have all chain it should be stored low as well.
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Re: Best suggestion for adding 100 lbs to the anchor locker

If the boat is under 30 feet...having the batteries near the CG is probably best...they are one of the densest and weighty things on a boat that size...and should be close to keel as possible in my opinion...move the batts...or add additional chain/anchor to anchor locker ...or a water tank or extra chain/anchor to vee berth area...if chain make sure locker is ventilated well or chain is oiled...or rust will ensue like white on rice...

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Re: Best suggestion for adding 100 lbs to the anchor locker

How about a super model leaning against the pulpit.
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Re: Best suggestion for adding 100 lbs to the anchor locker

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Right now there's 20 ft or so of chain. Would there be any significant advantage to extending that? A quick look online showed 90ft lengths of chain with the correct weight, roughly. Bear in mind there is no windlass (yet)
Add it as a storm rode and use it if or when you need it. I don't generally like to add weight that is not potentially usable in some way or another. A good length of chain rode on a boat never hurts to have and it will help your boat sit on her lines better than a hunk of lead. We have 200 feet of chain that is part of our storm rode and 65' of chain on our working rode.. Bow still sits a little high when the holding tank is empty...

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Re: Best suggestion for adding 100 lbs to the anchor locker

I say add an anchor winch and some extra chain, one day you will be glad you did.

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Yeah...winch, chain and an extra battery to run it up front...

But then you'll have to add extra weight to the stern to balance 'er out...
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Re: Best suggestion for adding 100 lbs to the anchor locker

I just checked today exactly what the boat has for a ground tackle. It's a 20lb CQR, and 20ft of 5/16" chain. Someone must have had a bad back!

There's also a large Danforth in the lazarette. Good thing I never threw it overboard, as it wasn't attached to the rode!

A little research tells me I should have at least a 35lb CQR and 1/2" chain on the bow of that boat.

I guess I'll put replacing the ground tackle high up on my list.

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1/2" chain would be pretty beefy for a 31 ft boat. Nothing wrong with it. More common to see 3/8" or 7/16".


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Re: Best suggestion for adding 100 lbs to the anchor locker

Whether or not you should add more chain depends on your intended use of the boat. Do you need it to anchor around SF Bay? Are you heading out of the bay?

If you decide not to add chain, a better idea might be to remove all the weight you can from the lazarette and stern. We tend to accumulate a lot of crap on a boat we don't really need. We'll sail faster and have an easier time getting to what we do need if we clean our boats out yearly. I'm going to do mine tomorrow, just as soon as I launch!

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