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Best suggestion for adding 100 lbs to the anchor locker

I would like to add approx 100 lbs to the anchor locker, to make the boat sit on it's lines. The weight is needed thanks to the two extra batteries added to the lazarettes, and the removal by a PO of a large amount of anchor chain.

Any suggestions for actually adding it? Where can you buy large lumps of iron?

My local sports store has 50 lb hand weights for about $50 each, so far that's my best plan.
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Re: Best suggestion for adding 100 lbs to the anchor locker

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I would like to add approx 100 lbs to the anchor locker, to make the boat sit on it's lines. The weight is needed thanks to the two extra batteries added to the lazarettes, and the removal by a PO of a large amount of anchor chain.

Any suggestions for actually adding it? Where can you buy large lumps of iron?

My local sports store has 50 lb hand weights for about $50 each, so far that's my best plan.
Why not an appropriate length of chain to get some use out of the extra weight. (Or better yet, relocate the batteries to get a better/more sensible weight distribution and out of the yacht's ends. Think of "Pendulum Action" with weight in the ends. AKA, "How strong is your stomach in a seaway?")

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

Just adding weight seems like a waste. Why not replace the anchor chain that was there before so you have better ground tackle as well as trimming the boat?

edit: Ha! you beat me to it Hy
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Re: Best suggestion for adding 100 lbs to the anchor locker

Add another anchor or get more chain. Or store lots of heavy junk (water bottles) in the V-birth. I'd be loathe to actually add balast to the boat high and up front.

If you do add weight try to keep it low. Perhaps under the V-birth? If you can get it below the waterline at least you'll get some additional benefit from it.

EDIT: Never mind, not quite right.
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Re: Best suggestion for adding 100 lbs to the anchor locker

I think , the PO of my old Bristol 29 had placed 2 bars of iron in the forepeak for that same purpose. The Weights would work, and not take up much room.

I keep a 10 gallon jerry jug of Diesel in the anchor locker on my sabre when on a trip, and a collision mat.

IF you had the room, you could keep 12 gallons of fresh water up there in a couple of solid jugs. Water weighs 8 lbs/ gallon. (96 lbs. ) and it's useful.
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Re: Best suggestion for adding 100 lbs to the anchor locker

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Just adding weight seems like a waste. Why not replace the anchor chain that was there before so you have better ground tackle as well as trimming the boat?

edit: Ha! you beat me to it Hy
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)
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Re: Best suggestion for adding 100 lbs to the anchor locker

Have to agree with the others. Why waste it. Add chain to assist your anchoring security.

As for the nitpick ASD, reducing weight above the waterline is usually good for overall perfomance but certainly better to level out the boat than not.
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Re: Best suggestion for adding 100 lbs to the anchor locker

A boat can be taken as acting through the centre of gravity as in effect a balance point, however weight in the ends does have an effect on pitching through angular momentum presumably and the length of the moment from the cog.
If you have sufficient chain then the best approach to the stern being too heavy is to move the batteries amidships or over the cog, then you don't have to add any weight. If that is not possible then the least balancing weight will be forward but that will increasse pitching.
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Re: Best suggestion for adding 100 lbs to the anchor locker

Well I have just sufficient chain but could extend it if there's a worthwhile advantage. I take it chain is more secure but the disadvantage is the work required to raise the anchor?

Another option is to buy 12 of 1 gallon water bottles from the supermarket, distribute them about the V berth lockers, anchor locker, and maybe even get a few under the V berth but it's pretty tight under there with a water tank.
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Re: Best suggestion for adding 100 lbs to the anchor locker

At least 2x your length in chain is recommended, mainly as a catenary for better anchoring. So that gives you another 50' or so. A windlass helps but you are only lifting in maximum at a time the weight of chain at the depth you are anchored at plus the anchor weight. If you fish in 70' using that anchor and chain you have quite a heave, anchoring in 20 feet not so much.
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