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Old 03-10-2013, 02:02   #1
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Just watched a boat pull up anchor and they had a washer - a stream of seawater - cleaning the chain as they brought it up. I've seen it on big boats but not on cruising yachts, but it sure seems like a great idea. I have a deck wash down pump, but I have to go forward and squirt the hose at the chain and get myself wet in the process.

I am working on my Christmas wish-list. Does anyone have one of these?



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Re: Anchor chain washer - I want one

Or you could make up a nifty arrangement with two opposing scrubbing brushes on the end of a broom stick :-D With the change from the $20 bill you use to make it you could enjoy an extra beer hehe
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Old 03-10-2013, 04:26   #3
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Yes, flooding the bow w/ seawater from a firehose pump is a terrific solution. Yes, a cannon CAN kill a knat.

I saw a mega yacht use that system when leaving an anchorage. It was outstanding!

But, I'll stick w/ my manual garden hose seawater washdown at the bow to keep my rode clean.
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Re: Anchor chain washer - I want one

i have an anchor washer---as my anchor comes up i use a scrub brush and a bucket of water to clean it as it comes onto boat....
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Old 03-10-2013, 04:45   #5
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Re: Anchor chain washer - I want one

The system you photographed was on an Amel. The water pump was installed as standard on all Amels from at least the 80s. Its quite a simple system when installed on a new build. The forward toilet intake, in front of the second watertight bulkhead has a T-piece connection, a hose from it leads forward to a 12 v pump under a forward bunk. The outgoing hose travels on through the forward watertight bulkhead and up through the chain locker where it attached to a stainless steel pipe and out to the anchor.
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PS good thick mud still needs the deck brush.
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in my plans for refitting which i am doing underway, i have extra water pumps and one is assigned to being a deck wash pump....is on the list....i got clean anchor stow envy when watching the 2 amels in zihuatenejo raise anchor ..and they did it right in front of me showing off...the bastids....lol...i know it was deliberate.....they showing off.....the system is a wonderful idea
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Little boys love to show off peeing in public, dontjaknow!
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My anchor washer is named 'Jay' and he does all sorts of other things, too!
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My anchor washer is named 'Jay' and he does all sorts of other things, too!
NO pics and it didn't happen! SO what else is he good for? Pics please. Action shots are good
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i go into marina with my huge bruce dangling with a huge mudball on it...lol...chain is essentially clean except the bit of fishing line on it...but anchor was big mudball...i think i embarrassed the snotties here..the crews of megas were looking funny at the mess...i just ignored it until i had my hose in hand and disenfouled it...(new word i invented today)
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bows up and scrubbing that chain.....
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Yes, flooding the bow w/ seawater from a firehose pump is a terrific solution. Yes, a cannon CAN kill a knat.

I saw a mega yacht use that system when leaving an anchorage. It was outstanding!

But, I'll stick w/ my manual garden hose seawater washdown at the bow to keep my rode clean.
This HoseCoil flush mount enclosure was installed by me near the anchor windlass.

This is plumbed to a new through hull, seacock, strainer and pump, all using the largest hose and fittings possible. The pump is wired to the same power source as the windlass, so it is engergized when the windlass is enabled.

This is VERY handy.

Be careful, the cover doesn't float, so I clip it to a cable whenever the cover is off.
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Re: Anchor chain washer - I want one

I'm OK with a dirty chain.

1. It's only the last 10 feet. Go up and down twice if need be... or ignor it if it's not to bad.
2. Scrape the heavy sand off the anchor; it's faster. It will be washed by wave and rain soon enough.
3. Hose out the anchor locker as needed. Not often.

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This HoseCoil flush mount enclosure was installed by me near the anchor windlass.

This is plumbed to a new through hull, seacock, strainer and pump, all using the largest hose and fittings possible. The pump is wired to the same power source as the windlass, so it is engergized when the windlass is enabled.

This is VERY handy.

Be careful, the cover doesn't float, so I clip it to a cable whenever the cover is off.
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I'm OK with a dirty chain.

1. It's only the last 10 feet. Go up and down twice if need be... or ignor it if it's not to bad.
2. Scrape the heavy sand off the anchor; it's faster. It will be washed by wave and rain soon enough.
3. Hose out the anchor locker as needed. Not often.
Mine is all-chain.

The first year I owned the boat it was a struggle to keep the weep holes clear and the chain locker was a science experiment.

The second year I installed the washdown and no more problems.
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NO pics and it didn't happen! SO what else is he good for? Pics please. Action shots are good

voyeur much?
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Re: Anchor chain washer - I want one

as my chain locker has limber holes into main bilge, i dump a bunch of vinegar into it after i finish stowing the chain. helps a lot, as the dead fishie smell is neutralized before it can grab hold.
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