The anchor locker
is self draining and the idea of fitting a pipe to go below is something i wanted to avoid but i realize there is not enough drop as it is. I believe there is some space below the locker but not sure how much, i will have to try to mesure this. otherwise "below the V-berth" is the next option and there i'm sure there is enough space as i usually use it to store the spinnaker
If i cut through, however, i'll bring additional water
in, even if it is just the wet chain (assuming you never forget to plug
the pipe), that little water
will have to travel from the bow to the bilge
. At the moment the boat is surprisingly dry as the mast
stepped and i have no leaks
that i know of. This little water will give me wet bilges and increase the overall dumpness of the interior
. It might sound silly in a hot country but over here we have to leave a dehumidifier permanently switched on in winter to fight it. (So far i have never seen a single
drop of water in any of forward sections and can store things without worrying about mould).
I should also mention that fitting the windlass, drop problems apart, would be a considerable job as there is no shelf in the locker, the locker door is to week to mount the windlass and the solution they gave me is to cut the door in half along the fore to aft axis, fix this half and strenghthen it with fiberglass
sheeting before fitting the windlass and so on...
I believe the solution i will adopt, for the time being, is to rebuild
the roller, make it bigger, stronger, a little longer and with a chain pawl as described on this page:
I am 27 at the moment, and should be able to cope with manual hosting for a while. Money
is also an issue... a full-on solution will probably cost £2000+ including fitting, wiring
work... while the new roller can be designed and built for a few hundred pounds (and a new roller is a plus even if i want to fit a windlass later).
Another consideration is that the more i read forums
the more i realise how additional gear
usually means having one more thing that can break... i'm a strong supporter of the KISS principle althogh i just yesterday invested in a monitor windvane
(hence no money
for the windlass).
Your thoughts welcome!