Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Bow locker bottoms...

James Alton


   The better access via a hatch sounds like an interesting idea.  For venting, I have been considering adding a 3-4" diameter pc. Of fiberglass exhaust tube running from the top of the anchor locker to the deck line.  The tubing would be cut in half so that it would lay flat on the bulkhead and would be glassed over.  A hole would be cut through the interior bulkhead  and a low power muffin fan installed to push fresh air in.  The only current air exit would be the chain hole in the windlass so It would not be a lot of flow but compared to dead still air with no venting I am thinking it might help a lot.  Since the fan hole would be right at the very top of the side locker, I don't think the function of the watertight bulkhead would be compromised.  Pushing the air into the locker should keep the dampness and smells from the anchor locker out of the boat.  

James Alton
SV Sueno,  Maramu #220

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From: "greatketch@... [amelyachtowners]" <amelyachtowners@...>
Date: 10/12/17 16:31 (GMT+01:00)
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Bow locker bottoms...



That's a great idea!  I wish it was that easy for me.  On my SM the aft bulkhead of the chain locker is the forward bulkhead of lockers in the forward cabin.  The only access into the chain locker is through those lockers.  Venting the chain locker would involve emptying that locker and leaving it open in.  

You have me thinking now....  a largeish deck hatch installed in the locker sole might add a lot of access to the chain locker without compromising watertight integrity of the chain locker...  

Bill Kinney
SM160,  Harmonie
Back Creek, Annapolis, MD

---In amelyachtowners@..., <sangaris@...> wrote :

I've clipped James' reply just to highlight the venting aspect. I had a louver made (mat ching the interior wood) for the forward bulkhead chain locker access panel. I keep in place instead of the solid panel unless making an offshore passage,  when I simply put switch it back to the solid panel.. 
Would suggest, when repairing the bow locker floor panels, that you include a lift out access panel in the middle so you can easily rinse out the chain locker periodically.
Craig Briggs, SN68 Sangaris

---In amelyachtowners@..., <lokiyawl2@...> wrote :


   I inspected a 1984 Maramu which also had rotten panels in the bow locker.  .....     On my boat, I pull out the anchor rode,  rinse and dry on deck whenever possible.  I also wash out the anchor locker and usually keep the access door to the anchor locke r partially or fully open to vent.  Anything that you can do to keep the humidity level down is helpful............ Best of luck with the repairs.

James Alton SV Sueno
Maramu #220

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