Bulwagga Anchor Stowage

Published date: August 6, 2003
  • Boat Type: Boat Type

This is my stowage method for the 17-lb Bulwagga anchor I've mentioned frequently on the discussion board.

I didn't want to move the bow light to install an anchor roller, yet wanted to have the anchor ready for immediate deployment when necessary.

It's basically a 2 1/2 inch (outer diameter) aluminum tube, fastened to the vertical bow pulpit support with two SS hose clamps. The tube projects about 8" above the horozontal bar of the pulpit. You can see the chain coming out of a slot I cut in the tube, which doubles to prevent the anchor from spinning in the tube and damaging the pulpit. To stow the anchor, I simply lift it up, invert it, hold the chain against the shank and drop the shank into the tube.

It's held in the tube by gravity only; it doesn't move a bit even when hitting severe bumps when trailering. In an emergency I can deploy it in under ten seconds. It's out of the way whether sailing, trailering, raising or lowering the mast and furler.

Not quite so visible on the port side is the "stock" Danforth 13 pounder, held on the rail with a conventional horizontal rail mount bracket, brand name Windline, available from West Marine and others. 15' chain and 150' of 3/8" rode for each is stowed in the anchor locker. Although I almost never use the Danforth since getting the Bull, I have found either anchor can be deployed without fouling the other, so I haven't put in a separator.

I went for nearly a year with a similar tube of standard 2" PVC with couplings solvent welded on both ends prevent it from splitting, but I was always concerned it might break while trailering and cause a real mess. In June I trailered the new setup to FL and back, 1500 miles total with no evidence of any problems. The bow pulpit seems capable and hasn't developed any looseess from all that weight, and there's the added benefit of putting additional weight on the tongue, always critical when towing the Mac.

You can also see the furler support tray I made of 2/3 section of 4" PVC.

Published by: Chip Hindes

Model Year: 2003


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