Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Seattle, WA. USA
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Thanks Jay and John. The manual windlass is working out well for me so far, and I do like the fact that I don't need to rely on electronics or running the engine when I pull the anchor up. I haven't considered anchoring downwind but can see the attraction, and with my all chain rode I have less to worry about running over the rode than Jay would.
I've tried Bill's solution with using the windlass handle to push the rode back into a deeper part of the chain locker. That windlass handle didn't work for me as the handle wasn't long enough and was too wide to fit into the chain pipe hole. But using the same idea I bought a length of thin pipe that I can stick into the secondary chain pipe to the port of the windlass. From that angle, I can knock down the building pile and push it back a little. With that setup, I was able to bring up the whole 300' of chain without having to run below and distribute the chain. Sweet! The pile isn't ideal, I can't push the chain back far enough in the locker from the deck as the angles don't work out - the pipe ends up hitting the locker wall which is quite forward of the end of the locker. Now that I know this works, I'll try to find a solid stainless pipe to use. Fiberglass may not be strong enough, I end up pushing with quite a lot of force to push the chain back.
I'm also considering cutting the chain locker divider out to make the locker hold only one rode. I went down to the Seacraft Yacht Sales docks here in Seattle a few days ago to look at their three 37's. Each of them had a different anchor locker setup. One was divided full length front to back into two equal halves. One was divided in half port-starboard, which would make flaking the chain manually difficult from the deck. One had my setup where the division is unequal, about 3/4 and 1/4. The last boat also had a manual muir and when I looked below, it had a tall pile of chain below the windlass with no chain in the back of the locker.
With my setup the 1/4 sized locker isn't large enough to hold a serious amount of rode. The boat came with 80' 3-strand in that locker, and its about 2/3 full. If I needed the second rode in storm conditions to set a second anchor, there wouldn't be enough in there to be worthwhile. If I lost my primary rode, the secondary wouldn't be able to replace it. I'm considering installing a longer rode in my stern locker - and if needed, I could bring it forward to set off the bow. If my bow locker was one large space, the chain should come off the windlass beautifully.
Does anybody have any thoughts on making the anchor locker into a single space?