Quote: "Am I over thinking? "
Yes, you are :-)!
If I'm not mistaken the Shipman already has a water tight compartment way, WAY up front, as does TrentePieds. If that compartment isn't sealed off from the rest of the boat, it's easy to make it so. So let me tell you how TP works:
is five tons, yours is three tones. TP has a 33 pound (15Kg) Bruce anchor on 40 feet (call it 7 fathoms) of 5/16" (9 millimetre) chain spliced to 300 feet (50 fathoms) of 1/2" (12 mm) three strand nylon rode. I use fathoms because spurious accuracy just gets in your way for these sorts of things :-) The anchor stows in chocks on the stem head
just like yours does, and is held into the chocks by means of a “devils claw” - a chain hook on a length of line which belays on a cleat on deck.
TP has an electric
capstan with a chain gypsy
. Pain in the butt, since, as is so often the case with "yacht gear", "pretty" trumped "useful" at the design stage. The capstan obviously has a "spurling pipe". A "spurling" is merely a short "navel" to take the rode from the deck down into the chain locker where it self-stows. 'Cept rope
in these tiny dimensions doesn't have the weight to self-stow. Some things don't scale!! Capstans are one of them :-)
So: Coming to my anchoring berth I already know the scope
required in the circumstances, having worked that out in advance. So if I need, say, five and twenty fathoms I bid the capstan good day and haul out
, through the spurling while ignoring the capstan, five and twenty fathoms by hand. I measure the rode twixt my outstretched hands as sailors have done since man first went to sea. The term “fathom” denotes, as you probably know, but which we “moderns” tend to forget, the distance twixt a man's outstretched hands. I let the rode lie on deck till we are over the anchor position, then stop and lower the anchor hand over hand. When I feel bottom, we back down slowly while I pay out more rode keeping it slack till we have a scope
of three or thereabouts, then I snub the rode to make the anchor “take a bite”. When I can feel that that has happened, we back down till all required scope is out. Then we increase power to ensure that the hook is well and truly set.
Departing, we come forward slowly while I bring in the rode hand over hand and let it flake down on deck. Toy capstans are IMO useless for taking in rode. When we are “up'n'down”, if the anchor doesn't feel free to may hands, I belay the rode and we apply some power to “wiggle out” the anchor. When the hook is up and in the chocks, I clap on the devil's claw
. We still have the rode lying on deck. The gypsy
handles the chain, alright, and the chain is obviously self-stowing. The splice is a pain because the spurling is such a dainty little thing - “pretty” having overridden “useful” in the designer's mind - so I help it through the spurling by hand. Thereafter the rope
rode will usually follow courtesy of the little doodad that forces the rope into the gypsy so that, completely contrary to received wisdom, the rope actually gets PUSHED through the spurling.
The locker, an inverted pyramid, has a drain hole at the apex so that water and muck can escape. Provided you take reasonable care with cleaning
the rode as it comes in, muck in the chain locker is never a problem. Because I leave the rode on deck rather than stow it directly it comes aboard, a bucket of seawater heaved onto it does the job of cleaning
As I said: “Some things don't scale”. Trying to emulate procedures for grown-up ships, doesn't really work
in a five-tonner, let alone in a three-tonner like yours. Best to develop procedures that are “boat specific” having regard to the gear
you have to work with. I'm pretty confident that in a Shipman 28 you can, sans
capstan, set up to do the job, including stowing the rode, in a very similar way to what we are doing in TP. However, using a spurling pipe (or a navel) may not be the best idea if you don't have a capstan 'cos you can't push a rope :-)! On this coast many of the smaller boats have a “chain locker” below a hatch
on deck. If the hatch is, say, 15 x 15 inches (say 40 x 40 cm.) then you can drop the rope rode directly into the locker rather than go through the intermediate step of flaking it on deck when you first bring it in.