Anchor rollers

Published date: October 18, 2000
  • Boat Type: Boat Type

I have installed two bow sprits, which allows a quick and back painless way to deploy two anchors.
The platforms are milled from clear, dried, white oak for strength, and water resistance. I got the blanks milled from one of those specialty wood houses. They are 1-1/2' thick. Dummies were built up out of cheap pine to work out the bugs, then finished dimensions were transferred to
the oak. They are NOT mirror images, and must be fitted to each side individualy. The main difference is that the port side has to be a bit more narrow to allow the locker door to fully open. Two notches were cut so that pulpit tubing is flush into the wood. Board is secured onto pulpit with two stainless 1/8" plates at base. Two arms extend up from each platform and terminate with a piece of half-cut tubing about 6" long, which allows it to be attached to pulpit with hose clamps. Sturdier would be to weld it to the pulpit, but I have had no problems with the clamps. This way, I can remove the boards if needed, without re-welding.

Mounted on the platform is a roller, tensioner, anchor lock, and a cleat. Except for the cleat, it is all made by Windline, and available from West. All fasteners are thru bolted and some required cutting to fit. I used t-nuts on the bottom instead of nuts. It goes together faster that way, since counter-sinking is not necessary. I had to change the location of the anchor locker latch and build it up by 1-1/2".

1/4" Stainless strap is installed across front half of platform for strength against breaking. At 150#, I have jumped on each one from the outer edge and no trouble. Deck deforms a little bit from this manuever, so I would secure anchor rode to deck cleat in a big blow instead of sprit. I may take this mod one step further and extend an arm below the sprits to a stiff part of the bow. This would make the whole system very rigid.

Before installing hardware, I coated the boards with an esoteric product out of California called "RhinoGuard" ( I have used it elswhere and it is good for three years in the elements. It's not as pretty as spar varnish, but last four times as long. Sprits are designed such that each anchor can be deployed and retrieved without hitting the bow, and you can sit comfortably and pull hard and fast with ease, or, run bitter end back to cockpit and wench it in. The entire assembly extends boat length by about 3". You can still climb up and over the pulpit from trailer as before. I use a Bruce and a Delta for anchors, about 16# apiece. These sprits cost me about $300, and probably about 100 hours work. In swift ocean currents, it is a delight to have two anchors so easy to set.

Published by: MS Classifieds

Model Year: 2000


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