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12-29-2013 02:51 PM
DocTom54
Re: looking for a chain scrubbing brush

While cruising the Caribbean, I created a chain scrubber that I think works well. Using a 12" piece of 4" PVC pipe, split lengthwise. A piece of rubber sheeting as a hinge on one side, bolts protruding on the other side with a piece of shock cord for closing the opening side. Inside, I attached four small kitchen scrub brushes. An 8 lb dive weight is hung from bottom side by a rope that is attached to scrubber and extends upward for a bout 15 ft. The devise is opened and then closed over the chain, the line is ties to the bow rail and the scrubber is lowered into the water over the chain, submerged by several feet. As you raise the anchor the scrubber cleans the chain and it is flushed by the see for the several feet it is submerged. It removes most of the soft group and mud that accumulates with longer anchoring times. This works well for 3/8" chain, modifications would be needed for other chain sizes.
11-27-2013 10:58 AM
vpo3
Re: looking for a chain scrubbing brush

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05-13-2009 10:53 PM
saildork Lin, you might have to make one such as Sailingdog just described, which incidentally, is discussed in Don Casey's '100 fast & easy boat improvements' on page 45. I'm sure you've seen many variations on this theme as well. If you find one that's commercially available, please share it on this forum.
05-12-2009 10:39 PM
Lucky Jack Hello Lin & Larry,

I acquired and used a similar product from Davey's Arborist Supply when I was in the tower business. It was called a Bokat Rope Washer and we used it to clean lines which we used in tower work. It was a plastic tube which had a hose fitting allowing water to be injected into the tube while you pulled line through it. It also "astro turf" type plastic finger inside which scrubbed the line. Based on it's dimensions, you could easily use it for chain as long as the diameter of your chain was not too big.

I took a few minutes to Google it and I found the product on a PMI website...

PMI Rope : Equipment and gear for edge abrasion and cut protection, end terminations, marking, cutting and measuring and cleaning your rope.

Lucky Jack


Lucky
05-06-2009 09:58 AM
Wayne25 If its no longer made, perhaps you can work with these people to market one.
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05-06-2009 09:53 AM
camaraderie I think you are referring to the old Davis Gunkbuster chain scrubber which is no longer sold. You might give them a yell to see if they know who made it for them and if it is still being produced somewhere.
05-06-2009 08:59 AM
sailingdog You could easily make one up using three cheap scrub brushes and a section of 4" schedule 40 PVC pipe. Cut a slot in the pipe longitudinally, and attach the brushes to the interior. Add a piece that allows you to screw a boat hook into it...

Pop the pipe over the chain as you're hoisting the anchor...and it will pretty much scrub itself.
05-06-2009 03:02 AM
KeelHaulin
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We use a salt-water electric pump powered hose, with a trigger release on the nozzle, and spray the chain before it reaches the roller.
If I recall correctly Lin & Larry Pardee's boat Taleisin operates without a 12V system or engine.

Sorry; did some searching on google also but can't find anything. Is it possible that it was made by Davis Instruments (not Davey's)?
05-06-2009 02:51 AM
Omatako I saw one on the Auckland Boat Show last year that was essentially a piece of plastic tube about 100mm diameter 200mm long, a one-inch split down the length with a sort of astro turf on the inside. Can't remember how it attached to a handle/boathook.

There is this year's boat show starting this week in Auckland. I'll have a look around when I'm there and will post a result if I find one.

SORRY THINGS SEEMED TO TAKE FOREVER SO I CLICKED AGAIN.
05-06-2009 02:50 AM
Omatako I saw one on the Auckland Boat Show last year that was essentially a piece of plastic tube about 100mm diameter 200mm long, a one-inch split down the length with a sort of astro turf on the inside. Can't remember how it attached to a handle/boathook.

There is this year's boat show starting this week in Auckland. I'll have a look around when I'm there and will post a resul if I find one.
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