Anchor System Planning
|The old CQR Plow and the Bruce anchors nest well on the bow.|
|The Rocna anchor design|
|A broken anchor swivel can cause catastrophic consequences.|
(Photo courtesy of Attainable Adventure Cruising)
Even though I have never experienced any issues with anchor swivels, there is some concern among experienced cruisers on the use of anchor swivels. The concern comes from the possibility of a pin coming loose and the swivel fails as shown in the photograph at right.
The continued use of anchor swivels in my anchor system is still an open issue for me. I have always used LOCTITE Blue thread sealant on the pins and I have had a greater problem in removing them when I want to do than in them loosening. In order to get a failure like the one shown, two threaded members would have to come loose since a screw on the opposite end locks the threaded pin in place. A very casual inspection of the anchor system prior to every use would have caught this, in my opinion.
However, if I can accomplish the function (rolling up over the bow rollers nicely) in another way, I may eliminate the anchor swivels from my anchor system.
|Sally B, a steel hull cutter, sits in her slip|
in the iced over creek at the end of January.
|S/V Rainy Days sits in the travel lift while work|
is being done on installing the new fuel tank.
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