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Anchor Locker - Part 1

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Sometimes you have to work with what you are given to start with. In my case my boat came with a Lofran Royal manual windlass with a 3/8" gypsy already installed on the deck just aft of the anchor locker lid. However, the boats anchor rode was 20ft of 3/8" on 200ft of 5/8" rope rode stored in the anchor locker pan with a danforth style anchor. I discovered last season that the 3/8" chain was actually too large for the anchor bow roller and would bind on occasion normally when weighing the anchor, in addition the windlass had never been used as the chain stripper was still mounted preventing the chain from looping back into the anchor pan. I decided I would convert my ground tackle to all 5/16" HT chain and modify the anchor locker. I've looked at the other E38 owners on the forum who have completely removed the anchor pan and carried out major glass work to separate the anchor locker from the V berth forward bulkhead. I'll be honest this looked like a lot of hard work that I just wasn't up for!

Looking on the web I came across the following sailing blog of an HR owner who has a deck mounted Lofran Royal windlass and how he installed it to drop the chain through his anchor locker lid. http://hallbergrassyrasmusownersasso...t.com/2011/11/ It gave me the idea I needed to modify the E38 Anchor Pan.

Last year I installed a Rocna Vulcan 20 (44lbs) anchor on the bow, and last month I purchased 275ft of 5/16" HT chain (1/2 pail) at the Defender sale, a new 5/16" HT gypsy wheel for the windlass and some other odds and ends. More story to come in Part 2.

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Updated 04-10-2018 at 03:48 AM by kiwisailor

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  1. Leslie Newman's Avatar
    Hi. I am curious what is your plan to remove water from the lower chain area? Under then pan. I want to do something regarding our anchor arrangement at some point. Currently it is factory. I've been reading the different posts on this forum to get ideas.
    Thanks.
    Leslie
  2. kiwisailor's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Leslie Newman
    Hi. I am curious what is your plan to remove water from the lower chain area? Under then pan. I want to do something regarding our anchor arrangement at some point. Currently it is factory. I've been reading the different posts on this forum to get ideas.
    Thanks.
    Leslie
    Hi Leslie. I'm hoping that I don't have a lot of water end up in the lower chain area. Most of the water should drop off the chain into the anchor pan as it is retrieved and then drain out from the current pan drain line. The hawse pipe is a PVC pipe that sits up about 2 inches and is sealed onto the pan, so the only way for water to get down below is on the chain itself.

    In the lower chain locker under the V berth I have some Dri-Dek to keep the chain off the inside of the hull and hopefully allow the chain to dry more easily. Any water I get in the the V berth chain locker will drain out as it currently does through the limber holes back to the bilge.....at least I hope it will. The factory anchor pan setup is not ideal for sure. Some folks have reinforced the pan and mounted the windlass inside it while others have ripped the pan out altogether. In my case the windlass was already mounted on the deck so I decided to stick with the pan and work with it.
  3. Leslie Newman's Avatar
    Thanks for the reply. I totally understand, as I think long and hard before I change anything. Not sure I can bring myself to drill into my deck to install a windlass. So, if it ever happens I'll probably go into the pan some way. I understand you had no choice in the matter as the previous owner made that decision.

    I want to setup the chain locker better on my boat as soon as I get it home. It is currently up North and I will be bringing it down late May. It is still factory configuration.

    As I understand only part of the factory pan is over that cavity below. Some of the pan extends into the V berth area. So I guess a bit tricky working out what best to do. I'll continue to ponder and watch the threads for ideas. Your pipe mounted in the pan seems good as not much fear of water ingress.
  4. Christian Williams's Avatar
    I'm concerned about the chain in the V-berth locker long term.

    Salt water, mud, weed. It's hard to get it all off even with a chain hose. Tends to smell.

    Any chance for a plastic bucket or other removable chain-capture device?
  5. kiwisailor's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Christian Williams
    I'm concerned about the chain in the V-berth locker long term.

    Salt water, mud, weed. It's hard to get it all off even with a chain hose. Tends to smell.

    Any chance for a plastic bucket or other removable chain-capture device?
    Good idea. When I haul out this winter I'll drop the chain out and see how things look overall. Some type of plastic liner may be the thing to install.