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Old 06-10-2008, 14:21   #1
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Cleaning up an older anchor and making it shine

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We are about to move our 1981 Hardin into a marina that is the equivalent of the home owner's associations that I so desperately despise. (but, beauracratic bs aside). The dock master has informed us that our anchors are too unsightly to be in his marina and this needs to be remedied prior to our relocation. So, I am looking for suggestions on products/methods to make our anchors look like those on the poor sad boats we will be next too have never dipped their anchors into the water and most likely never left their slip....
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Old 06-10-2008, 14:24   #2
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if that is the only sticking point, find a local trailer manufacturer and ask that your anchors be added to his stuff when he next sends a load to be galvanised.
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Hide the "ugly" anchor and go buy a four pound shiny new anchor and put it on your bow. Point made.

Seriously though, old rusty steel anchors can always be re-galvanized.
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Old 06-10-2008, 14:29   #4
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paint them.
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We just cleaned up an old Danforth by bead blasting and painting it with a corrosion-resistant silver paint--very cost effective even if we need to periodically repaint it. Hey, can you wear off-the-rack or do they require tailoring?
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GEEZE,

If they are worried about the look of an anchor. I don't imagine there will be much sanding, engine pulling, remodeling going on. Sounds like a nice quiet place.....i2f
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first what is the dockmaster smoking? none should care what your anchors look like but if you must, then you must. sandblast the anchor and paint it.
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IF I were you I would very neatly cover the anchor with silver duct tape and stand back and watch the reactions. But then I've also been told that I'm a trouble maker. Is a shirt with a collar required? No jeans or cutoffs? I can now say that I've heard the extreme in snobbery!
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Wire brush and white spray paint! Cheap and simple
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I didn't know they had marinas at country clubs. Spray it with gold paint. Maybe that is good enough for the snooty harbormaster?
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Good grief! Make a temporary statment and cover it with glued-on Monopoly money :-)
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You are on a finger dock, yes?

Store them below until you need them again.

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If the anchor is in good shape except for the rust, then get it regalvanized.

When we were in Australia north of Brisbane, they would not accept anchors or chain for regalvanizing if they had been painted. You had to first get all the paint sand blasted off before they would accept it.

If the anchor isn't worth regalvanizing, I would get a different anchor that was in good shape and that I trusted. Before I go cruising again, I will get my Beugel regalvanized.
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Good point Dave...I was only joking but as you say...if you do paint it, there is an additional cost in sandblasting....but if it is very rusty I think they have to blast anyway
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