Anchors are sharp, clunky, awkward and muddy. Yet they are a necessity. Where to store one has been a vexing issue. Here’s what I came up with.
I made a stern seat board (which I will secure in place) for increased comfort when motoring or working with the anchor. Near the back corner, I cut a slot to hold the anchor in a vertical, ready to deploy position.
The black piece (yet to be bolted down) is UHMW. It will protect the plywood edges of the wet storage. My anchor line will run into the access hole. The bitter end will be secured inside this wet storage compartment.
I then ran a black bungie cord around the back of the anchor. This will keep it in place during a capsize and prevent the anchor from vibrating as I travel down the road. I think I’ll round off the back ears as well for easier bungie removal.
The brass ring-line allows me to retrieve the bow anchor line while seated from the cockpit. Remember, you can’t reach the bow. By drawing in the brass ring-line, the anchor line is brought back to the cockpit for easy retrieval. Hard to explain, so I won’t try. I got the idea from Howard Rice off the Scamp forum. I mocked it up in my garage and I believe it is going to work well.
I’m amazed at all the systems that need to be considered, worked through and solved, in order to have an organized boat. I keep thinking I should be about done, but there is actually quite a lot to go. Luckily, I’m still enjoying the process.