Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Deploying and retrieving an anchor with chain and rode

James Studdart

I’ve seen other boats that have a bolt go through the anchor and stainless “anchor roller holder” (I’m unsure what the correct name for that item is!) with a cotter pin to secure the bolt. I always quite liked the idea. Especially if it can be through an existing hole (I hate new holes).

For now we’ve done the same as mentioned, tie the anchor to the central cleat. Very important it’s the anchor itself. We’ve had friends loose their anchor (at sea) due to a faulty swivel. Thankfully no harm but the lost anchor. They had secured the chain with a chain hook to the cleat.

SeaBean SM344
Raiatea, FP

On Wed, May 2, 2018 at 15:43 Kent Robertson karkauai@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:

Thanks for your thoughts James, Craig, and Duane.  More to think about.  Duane, that's exactly what I do and did this time as well.  There must have been a little slack in the chain after banging a lot for hours.  That put all the weight and shock loads on the tie down line, which eventually failed.  The windlass clutch did its job protecting the windlass, but allowed all the chain to go out.  It all happened at night and the ride was so uncomfortable and loud that I wasn't aware I had lost it.

I may consider a cable preventer instead of using line if I can't figure out a good way to get the anchor aboard and stow it.

I've put 25-30,000 miles under the keel using the method you describe without issues, but it's a costly and potentially dangerous situation that I am not willing to risk again.

On May 2, 2018, at 9:00 PM, sailor63109@... [amelyachtowners] <amelyachtowners@...> wrote:



Sorry to hear of your troubles.  In answer to your question of stowing the main anchor, I always tie a line from the anchor to the large center cleat to hold the anchor in place while underway in lieu of dismounting and stowing the anchor.  That way you have the security of knowing it is held fast, yet it is available if needed.

Wanderer, SM#477

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