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Small boat big big project!

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Re: Small boat big big project!

Postby hardchines » October 18th, 2020, 6:53 pm

New project about to start,but before I start, I wonder if other folks have the same problem I have been having, and maybe have a fix! My little boat has a little anchor rope/chain locker, when retrieving my anchor line the 1/2 line would pile up and stop the windless from working at all, so I switched to chain, now the chain piles up and stops the windless from working. The chain drops out of the windless very far forward in the locker and drops into the the bow VEE and slides down till it starts to pile in the storage area, I get about 30 feet of chain on board before I have to climb into the V bunks and open the locker door so I can shove the pile of chain to the side!

I have a idea/plan but it is labor intensive and would love not to do it, so before I say what my plan is I would love to know what others think would be a good fix ( buy big boat again is not an option)!
Thx in advance for a great idea!

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Re: Small boat big big project!

Postby km1125 » October 19th, 2020, 11:08 am

I had a similar problem on my 3607. I had a rope-only windlass. Just under the windlass there's a small 'rode locker' and then there was a hose at the bottom feeding into a larger fiberglassed 'rode locker' below the v-berth bunk. There was a drain in that locker. I thought it would be a good idea to have all the rode go into that fiberglass locker so I extended a hose from it all the way to the winch. Just the slight resistance of that hose would allow the rode to bunch up and make the winch stop working. Someone would have to go below and manually either feed or pull the rode while the winch was working and it would work great.

I was kicking around the idea about putting in some kind of drum to coil up the rode, but that would have been a big project. I should have just cut the hose out that I put in, as it worked great for those shallower anchorages anyways.

Is your rode all chain now?
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Re: Small boat big big project!

Postby hardchines » October 20th, 2020, 9:59 pm

yes KM I have all chain but only 75 feet of chain as on this little boat in the mostly protected waters I am in, it is not too often that I need a longer rode, If needed I carry two other anchors one with about 200 feet of nylon twist and a 20 foot heavy chain leader good storm anchor lots of stretch , have not used it yet.

So my plan for a chain pile fix, is again not normal nor have I ever seen anything like it, but I think it will work. I plan to cut lets say a VEE shaped piece of plywood to mount under the windless, but pretty close to the bottom of the windless. The VEE shaped piece of wood will have a strong hinge at the forward most end of the vee, the chain will come down and land on this hinged wood piece and slide back till it piles up as usual, now I could just reach in and keep lifting and lowering the back end of the hinged panel and the chain would fall off from the motion ( I think)! So you may say that is dumb and would save nothing as I would still have to go to the locker and move the damn thing! Well you would be correct, my plan is to mount a substantial windshield wiper motor under the VEE panel , I will mount a roller/small wheel on the output of the gear box that just goes in a circle when the motor runs. Next is to wire the motor to the windless retrieve circuit, now when retrieving the anchor the wheel will lift and lower the hinged panel allowing it to pile then hopefully fall off to the side of the pile/panel due to the panel motion, just may be dumb enough to work! :captain2:

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