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09-18-2007 12:22 AM
Classic30 Straight out the side of the boat - both sides preferably. Epoxy in a short length of 1" PVC pipe.

09-17-2007 11:43 PM
BritAbroad I do have this compartment - though I've never explored it. Where do you drain it to?
09-11-2007 06:55 PM
rsn48 I have a Catalina 27 (1975 version) and it has a small compartment at the head of the V birth. I had a bow roller and hawse deck pipe installed into this compartment, with chain holder. The anchor is a 22 lb Delta plow. We have deeper anchorage here so I have had to use Brait line for my rode, along with 30 feet of chain. I have 300 feet of line and the chain and it fits; it won't if you use normal line for your rode. I completed all of this in my upgrading of my older Catalina about one year ago.

I am guessing your Catalina also has the small compartment in the V birth as well.
09-02-2007 09:22 PM
BritAbroad Yes.......
08-29-2007 01:39 PM
tenuki Don't you have a hatch over the vbirth?
08-28-2007 11:27 PM
Wayne25 How about installing a hawse deck pipe.
I don't know your layout under your forward deck, but you could possibly locate a container under the hawse to store the chain and rode either temporary or permanently. The anchor would be stored in your bow rail bracket.

08-27-2007 10:25 AM
Originally Posted by BritAbroad View Post
Thought about launching from the stern but never tried it. Partly due to worries about fouling the prop or the keel if there's any drift or way on, and partly because it's harder to do without scratching the topsides. Will try it though.... thanks.
After you anchor off from stern, before you walk the chain to bow, secure the chain with a piece of long rode (can use rolling hitch) and tie to the stern cleat. Now the boat is securely anchored from stern (via rode on chain), you can take your time and walk the rest of the chain, around the shroud and secure it to the bow anchoring point. Now, release the rode from the cleat and secure it to the bow somewhere. When recovering, you can bring the rode back to stern and tension it, freeing the chain for you to walk back and prepare for recovery.
08-19-2007 07:19 PM
sailingdog Some boats can anchor from the stern quite nicely. See Don Jordan's article on this, located HERE.

You could also run the rode up to the bow, out around the lifelines and back to the cockpit, if you know you're going to be anchoring soon. Then you could deploy the anchor from the stern and not have to worry about walking it forward so to speak. Just feed the rode forward as you lower the anchor from the cockpit, and then drop the boat back and away from the anchor as you let the rode go... should work pretty well for most boats. The only problem I see with doing this is making sure you have a fair lead to the bow for the anchor rode. Of course, you would probably only do this if you have a combination chain/rope rode, since an all chain rode would chew the deck up pretty good.
08-19-2007 06:59 PM
jaschrumpf Is an anchor's weight engraved on it anywhere? The PO of my boat left me a basic Danforth with 100ft of chain and rode, but I don't know the weight and this idea just came to me. Otherwise I guess I could get a hand-held spring scale, or just take it off the boat and use a bathroom scale.
08-19-2007 05:06 PM
BritAbroad I like the can idea for storing rode - though the canvas bag I currently have works pretty well from that aspect. The two hands business comes from one hand for the anchor and one hand for the rode bag...

Not really all that keen on making any more holes in the deck at the bow. So I think stern locker will have to continue to be the storage spot.....
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