I have a 32' double-ender of about 12000lbs displacement
. The current
"system" is a cute little bronze anchor
roller hanging off the side of the bowsprit
and a deck
pipe way over to the side, entering the very rear of the anchor locker
. The bowsprit
passes through the bulwarks, and there's a caprail about where the chain should pass from roller to windlass
pipe location inside locker (chain extends vertically from pipe):
My goal is to have an anchoring
system that my 110lb wife can confidently use anywhere, with enough chain to have an all-chain rode
most of the time. I'm pretty open for crazy ideas about how to get there.
My preliminary scattered thoughts are this:
I need a beefy anchor
roller mounted just starboard of the furler
, on top of and extending past the end of the bowsprit. I don't think the roller mounted to the side of the sprit can be made strong enough, nor can the geometry be made to work.
A horizontal windlass
could dump chain through the second-from-aft hole in the starboard side of the bowsprit. That would roughly center the chain pile in the anchor locker
, and should line up with the roller.
I need some way to "jump" the chain over the bulwarks. Perhaps just a heavy chunk of UHMW plastic bolted to the top of the caprail could be sufficient.
I'm leaning towards a 35lb Manson Supreme and about 200' of 5/16 G4 chain, if that's somehow enlightening. We haven't decided on a windlass yet, but are leaning towards the manual Lofrans
Royal, with the Tigress occasionally dominating our thoughts and certainly still in the running. We could easily be talked into something else altogether.
We can't have the only boat ever made with everything in the way of everything else. Ideas, pictures, and news of things that don't work are all greatly appreciated.