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06-23-2013 11:04 PM
Ken PSC37 Atlas
Re: C37 Anchor Locker Partition

I have a '89 PS37. I think my anchor / chain locker is a little different than some of the ones I have seen posted here. It has a dividing wall down the middle in the upper section, but the wall angles off to the port side and makes a smaller section on the port site. The starboard side opens down into the lower section. I just replaced the windlass and decided to straighten out all the chain / rope and clean everything up in the locker. The boat is new to me, so i found a few surprises on chain, but the biggest surprise is that the dividing wall is rotten. It looks like the wood core has been wet and the whole thing is falling apart.

Does anyone know if this wood will be connected into the hull or is it just superficial? Also, as it looks like I will be chopping it out and replacing it, does anyone have a picture of a good setup that works for them? Or any helpful ideas?

I have a Tigres windlass so the chain falls into the starboard side. I just installed it, and I'm not looking forward to another project in the locker. I think I will go with an all chain setup for my primary anchor, but I would like a spot for a spare. I'll put a few photos below, but I'm not sure I have a good one that shows exactly what it looks like.
06-13-2012 06:03 AM
Re: C37 Anchor Locker Partition

I second Dianne and Chuck's comments. We use old shower curtain bits cut to shape so they hang down well past the doors. Works great. We also painted in there with Interlux Brightsides which has teflon in it to create a nice slippery surface. But, with 90' of chain and 250' 5/8" Brait the damm stuff still sometimes piles up just as you are about to break out the anchor. Our hawse pipe is too small to get any sort of pry bar in so we do the demented poodle run below. Grrrrr.


SV Kenlanu, Buck's Harbor, ME
06-02-2012 05:35 PM
Re: C37 Anchor Locker Partition

A suggestion for those who are working in the chain locker of a C37,while in there take heavy gauge plastic and line the v-berth bulkhead inside the a-locker with the sheeting to prevent water from entering the port side cabinets .I have taken blue water over the bow and water enters thru the hawse pipes soaking those cabinets even with the cover on the port hawse and the windless hawse stuffed with plastic.The plastic also helps the chain and rode slide down into the locker.For the chain clogging problem I use my manual windlass handle poked into the hawse to distribute the chain.
Good luck,
Dianne and Chuck Burke S/V NiftyNickers C37 #139
06-02-2012 02:39 PM
Re: C37 Anchor Locker Partition

Originally Posted by arisatx View Post
You could go Yale Brait (or equivalent) with the rode to reduce volume.
This is what I did on my stern anchor. Great product.

Be careful with brait if you use a rope/chain gypsy. The rope part of the gypsy most likely will not be able to grab the brait like it does a three strand line. I would test a short piece before buying several hundred feet.
05-31-2012 09:09 PM
Re: C37 Anchor Locker Partition

Originally Posted by brokesailor View Post
Any of you guys have pictures of your foredeck layout? Do you have two separate hawsepipes?
The 2nd hawsepipe was an option on the 31, so all might not have it.
05-28-2012 10:13 PM
Re: C37 Anchor Locker Partition

No pictures handy, but yes we do have two separate hawse pipes. I assume the setup is original from the factory, but don't know for sure. The starbord side rode leads to the windlass, and through a hole in the the deck. The port side rode goes through a bronze deck fitting (with cap) directly into the anchor locker.

Crealock 37 #151
05-25-2012 04:28 AM
Re: C37 Anchor Locker Partition

Any of you guys have pictures of your foredeck layout? Do you have two separate hawsepipes?
05-24-2012 10:45 AM
Re: C37 Anchor Locker Partition

I'd second Dave's comment. You really want a solid material, web or net is going to foul the rode.

We've had a problem with this as well, a bight of chain will get caught on the lip, then all the other chain will stack up to the hawsepipe, jamming up the windlass. Then someone has to run down below, clear it, and come back on deck. Makes for a really irritating anchor evolution.

Also, depending on your cruising grounds and ambitions, you may want to consider going with an all chain rode on your other anchor. That's the setup we use, and it's been pretty good to us. 45 lb CQR with 150 ft of 3/8" chain. We use this most of the time, it's easier to veer, set, weigh, and retrieve, and gives a lot of peace of mind.

05-23-2012 10:43 PM
Re: C37 Anchor Locker Partition

On our '37 we had the same issue with rode from one half of the locker spilling over to the other half. We added a removable extension to the fore-aft divider made from 1/2" plywood. It is held in place on top of the existing fore-aft divider by two pieces of 1/8" X 4" side aluminum strip, one screwed to each side of the divider forming an channel for the extension to sit in. So far it has worked well, and slides out to give more access if needed.

Crealock 37 #151
05-23-2012 09:57 PM
Re: C37 Anchor Locker Partition

On Crazy Fish I have 300 feet of chain and about 5 feet of line (to be able to quickly cut it free) on the starboard anchor and about 30 feet of chain and something like 150 feet of line on the port anchor - starboard anchor is a 45 lb CQR and port anchor is a 33 lb Bruce.

There is a division between the two, but the starboard anchor takes up more of the space at the bottom of the anchor locker.

I have been looking at replacing on the line with something like the Yale Braid mention in the previous post - particularly on the stern anchor which if not packed tightly spills over into the
propane locker.


Marc Hall
Crazy Fish, Crealock 37, Hull 207
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