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Re: Ground Tackle for PSC 34

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Do you have a pulpit platform on your PSC34 as well? If so, is there a lot of chafe on the teak? I'm going to rebuild the 555 and I'm wondering if it would be worthwhile adding a one inch teak pad under the 555 to elevate it and possibly avoid or reduce the wear on the teak of the pulpit platform.
I do not. I just have the bow rollers. We have a 45# Manson Supreme and it fits fine up there with no issues. We only have one anchor in the rollers. A second would be a challenge I suspect. For our second anchor, we use a Fortress FX-37, which would not fit in the roller anyway.

I would love to have the pulpit platform. It is on my wish list if we ever visit the factory



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Re: Ground Tackle for PSC 34

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I do not. I just have the bow rollers. We have a 45# Manson Supreme and it fits fine up there with no issues. We only have one anchor in the rollers. A second would be a challenge I suspect. For our second anchor, we use a Fortress FX-37, which would not fit in the roller anyway.

I would love to have the pulpit platform. It is on my wish list if we ever visit the factory
The extra space at the bow is definitely nice. It would probably be a rather expensive refit though. In addition to the obvious, I suspect it might require a new headstay too.

On a different note, I recall that at one point you were planning on selling your Crealock? I'm glad to hear that it sounds as though you'll be able to keep her.
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Re: Ground Tackle for PSC 34

My two cents.... I have a Ronca 33 anchor that fits perfectly on the roller. I attach the anchor to Hush with 90 foot of 5/16 chain HT and 150 foot of 5/8 inch three strand nylon. I kept the factory installed Muir Hercules windlass that I use for exercise (its manual). From reading all the different posts, I am sure you see that choices for ground tackle are varied as there are destinations to sail to.

As a note, I elected to listen to the Factory recommendations regarding anchor size. We have a 33 pound hook that has never failed. Have been on the hook in 40 to 50 kt winds last winter. No problem holding. I wanted to keep the anchor weight in control so Hush wasn't running bow down. Works well for us.
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Re: Ground Tackle for PSC 34

I have 93 PSC 34 that I am outfitting. Apparently they came with or without the bow pulpit platform. Unfortunately I don't have it. The bow rollers are big but so close together that I don't see how one would fit two anchors on them. I have a 33# Bruce and 35# CQR but there is no way they will both fit on. Anyone know what the factory was thinking about this?
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Re: Ground Tackle for PSC 34

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Our 34 doesn't have the bow platform, and it came with two CQRs (a 35# and a 25#) both on the bow. Because the CQR plows pivot, the 25s plow was pulled to the side and tied off to make room for the main anchor on the other roller. It worked pretty well. However, we removed both and replaced them with a single 45# Rocna. The roll bar on the Rocna prevents another anchor, but in the three years cruising Mexico I have never felt like I needed another bow anchor, ever. We do have a stern anchor at the ready, just in case, but never use it. Many of the cruisers down here (much more experienced than us) carry only one oversized bow anchor as well. Personally, I sleep much better with one big, newer generation anchor set, than having a smaller anchor down with an even smaller anchor as a backup.

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Re: Ground Tackle for PSC 34

I'm a little late to the party, but I hope I'm not to late to help.
You've been getting good advice about the anchor & tackle so I'm on about your windlass problem. There should be a metal "stripper" that rides under the center of the gypsy sticking up close to the metal. This finger shaped piece of metal literally strips the chain or line from the gypsy allowing it to fall into the hole. From your description, this "stripper" is missing or out of place (bent?).
Before you spend any money on chain, be sure the "stripper" is functioning properly.

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Re: Ground Tackle for PSC 34

In post #4 I described our anchor evolution. Right now we have both a 44 lb Rocna and a 44 lb genuine Bruce on the bow. They will fit. The Rocna is on the windlass side and launches first. The Bruce goes next. That said, in about 150 nights anchored out last year, the Bruce never got wet. I'm not sure it is needed, but I own it and find it hard to leave behind.



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I'm not sure it is needed, but I own it and find it hard to leave behind.
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I'm like you, the 44# Bruce was on the boat when I bought it, but it's never been wet. Silly thing. Even when I needed a #2, I used the Danforth.
I've finally lucked into a Fortress for a good price so I'm going to send that silly Bruce to a watery grave somewhere. I doubt I could get 10 bucks for it, even though it looks brand new. Those that like them already have one or two and those that don't, well..... .
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I doubt I could get 10 bucks for it, even though it looks brand new.
Last I was in Boaters Resale Shop in Kemah, Genuine Bruces were selling for $300 - $400. They still have many fans, and have not been made in a long time. I wouldn't toss it. If it is a knock off, it is worth far less.



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Last I was in Boaters Resale Shop in Kemah, Genuine Bruces were selling for $300 - $400. They still have many fans, and have not been made in a long time. I wouldn't toss it. If it is a knock off, it is worth far less.
I had a 33 Bruce knock off years ago and really liked it....different boat now.
I think they were around $100.

I'm with capa's idea of a fortress/danforth anchor as a 2nd. Can also be a 3rd.
I also like the Mantus and will put a 33 or 44 on the boat as #1...and they could also be good #2s because they can be broken down for easier storage. I don't want to hang two off the bow.

The fluke types are much more easily stored....and much, much lighter.
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