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Jim Lucas

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organized anchor locker
« on: March 10, 2020, 01:53:14 PM »

Hi all,
Again, I'm a new 34 MKII owner and looking at replacing an aged anchor chain/rode after having added a new Rocna.
I have to check the guage of chain and length of what's there now and the length of rode. Thought I'd see what is ideal on length's but it does appear to be subjective....
The previous owner had used a bucket to load the rode into and set that on top of the chain. Seems to make it fairly easy to keep the rode from sitting wet in the bottom of the locker.
Just wondering if others had suggestions on length of chain and rode and/or organization tips of their lockers? 
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Jim Lucas
1999 MKII #1431, M35B  "Calypso"
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Royal Victoria Yacht Club
Victoria, BC Canada

Jim Hardesty

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Re: organized anchor locker
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2020, 02:23:56 PM »

Welcome Jim,
Just a suggestion, add your boat information to your signature, it helps getting the best reply.  Do you have a windless with a chain gypsy? If so that sizes the chain.   I have 50' of chain and 150' of nylon, works for me and where I anchor.  I don't do anything special, let the rode pile up on the bottom of the locker, have a canvas bucket that I keep a couple of propane bottles for the grill.  That and a trusty 1 gal gas can for dinghy gas.
Hope you enjoy your 34 as much as I do.
Jim
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Stu Jackson

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Re: organized anchor locker
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2020, 04:05:59 PM »

Jim, Jim's right, where you sail makes a big difference, and windlass will usually dictate chain size.

Here are two from the "101 Topics":

Anchor System Sizing Tables (Reply #6) & Swivels http://c34.org/bbs/index.php/topic,4990.msg30400.html#msg30400

Steve’s Anchoring 101

The Rocna.  All 20kg of it with 100ft of chain.  The rest of the world can debate all they like.   When I pull into a place like Bodega Bay at midnight and the fog is so thick I can't see the jetty 50 feet away to make an entrance, I drop my hook in the rolling ocean swells with the surf crashing (Foster says it's like staying in a cheap Best Western beside the highway), and I sleep.  And in the morning I have a windlass to pull the beast up and I wouldn't trade it for anything.   (I also wouldn't add more chain - this works perfectly in 25 to 30 feet of water - you let all the chain out and you tie off nylon at the preferred scope and don't bother with snubbers and chain hooks and all that stuff...)

This was our best upgrade.
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Re: organized anchor locker
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2020, 09:58:31 AM »

Coming from a big power yacht, I'm used to using all chain.
With the smaller/lighter Cat 34, I get the general want to reduce weight especially if it's over-kill. I believe I currently have 100' chain now and do appreciate the added security. As I'm not a racer and am an avid anchor(er), here in the PNW I often anchor in 30-40', it sounds best to stick with these ratios. 
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Jim Lucas
1999 MKII #1431, M35B  "Calypso"
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Re: organized anchor locker
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2020, 11:17:05 AM »

My PO installed a simple garden hose hanger on the aft face of the anchor locker.  We use this to hold our rope rode and drop the chain to the bottom.  We have an '86 boat, with no windlass, so our locker is bigger than some other later boats that have the windlass platform inside the locker whether they have a windlass or not.  The port side of the locker could also be used if the aft side isn't available.
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Re: organized anchor locker
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2020, 02:37:16 PM »

Jim : If you have a windlass it dictates the size of the chain.  I have 50' of 1/4"HT chain and 200' of nylon braid on braid rode.  I found the B on B rode to be stronger, but more important it will NOT get stiff over the years!!!

Look in the Mainsheet Tech notes and you'll find a number of articles I wrote on separating the anchor well, power, windlass installation, extra anchor storage, etc.

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