Windlass Installation - Part 2
With the original floor removed from the anchor locker, we were able to run the complete length of chain into the locker through the windlass without a hang up. So, the solution involving the added height worked.
|The new floor was added to the locker, having gained more height. The new floor |
was constructed from fiberglass sheet and it the reddish
colored triangle in the above photo.
|A new drain hole was added just above the new anchor locker floor--it was covered |
with a stainless steel cover to prevent seawater from washing
into the locker while underway.
|The new anchor locker divider is roughly parallel to the starboard hull. This was made |
this way deliberately to give the chain rode more height
and lessen the likelihood of hang ups.
|A beautiful sunrise over the mouth of Tenthouse Creek, taken from Hartge's |
Yacht Yard on our last full day at the boatyard.
Addendum - August 1
Just before we left the boatyard, we experienced a wicked thunderstorm. During the thunderstorm we experienced some leakage into our v-berth. The boatyard pulled apart the windlass and resealed it. Shortly after we arrived back in Baltimore we had another wicked thunderstorm which produced some rainwater leakage again and it appeared to be coming down the shaft of the windlass. I called Vetus Maxwell, the manufacturer of the windlass and described the problem I was experiencing. They explained that the only barrier to rainwater leakage coming down the shaft was an o-ring and it could not be expected to keep out all water intrusion. We're going to make a Sunbrella cover for the windlass soon to keep out rainwater. We'll see if we get salt water leakage from the chain as it comes up from being anchored. In any case, I will not be building a cabinet around the workings of the windlass in the v-berth until we know how to completely deal with the small leakage.