Originally Posted by colemj
I didn't mean to imply that we pile our chain on deck
. Our chain crosses 7-8' from the bow roller to the windlass
and straight down into the anchor locker
I rinse down the pile of chain in the anchor locker
. The anchor
locker has no connection to the interior
of the boat and drains directly overboard
Walking on our salty decks sure does track the salt
around and into the boat for us. Including onto the cockpit cushions
. And when we sit behind reefs
in the trade
winds, the salt
gets into the cockpit
and all over the dodger
, frame, decks, etc.
A pilot house provides a good half-way house for trapping and containing this. Being a catamaran
, our insides are very open to our outsides, and on the same level.
Ah--so you have a similar chain set up as we do. We find that it takes the entire distance from bow roller to windlass
to get all the mud off the chain sometimes. Our anchor
locker can be pumped out--it is segregated from the bilge--but is low down and doesn't drain it must be pumped. All the more reason for our chain to be spotless when it goes through the windlass. It would be easy for you to set up the sort of fresh water
mist that would be useful--because it could go into the chain locker and drain freely.
blows salt onto everything on your boat when there's salt spray in the air. Sparkles and pretty as it builds up but not the best for keeping things corrosion-free is it?
Largely because I like things clean and it's too hard to keep things clean with people walking all over the cushions
in the cockpit. In the cockpit, we sit on individual cushions (the square throwing cushions or folding stadium cushions, or a washable beanbag (see Freebag
)) but don't have fitted "cockpit cushions" nor do we have permanent cushions in the charthouse. I regularly hose down the entire cockpit with salt water
. With a northern cruising grounds and charthouse to protect us from the elements (like a low pilothouse) we also don't have a dodger
, etc, over the outside steering
station. I have sprayed down our sail covers with salt water
when they are dirty and fresh water
is unavailable. Dirt is less desired than salt and thus far all is good.
Since we are sailing in cooler climates, we have no reason to keep all the hatches open to the salt spray that you may experience in your more tropical (sounds like) environment