Forward Deck

Anchor Roller, Rail Cap Bright Work

Anchor Roller

Dragging the 60 lb Manson Supreme anchor (which actually weighs 67 lbs) over the end of the anchor pulpit was an exercise in futility.  The only way to get it to come aboard was to get the anchor rocking fore and aft to “help” it around the “corner”.  The problem was that there is essentially a 0 length moment arm with the anchor hanging vertically and the chain pulling at over a 90 degree angle.


Original Design Issue






What was needed was either a pivoting anchor roller or a modification to the current roller such that the shank of the anchor always was at an angle to the chain to allow the anchor to come aboard without overloading the windlass.

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Original cast aluminum anchor roller.  Note the relatively tiny roller.

We decided to engineer a solution, creating a prototype in wood before committing the design to stainless steel.  A set of side cheeks was fabricated that allowed the addition of a second roller which halves the angle between the chain and shank.  By the time we were finished we had almost as much in materials and labor than if we had simply purchased something.  Just buying something off the shelf wouldn’t have been as much fun and since I don’t pay for my labor (directly) I can rationalize that this saved money.

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The anchor now comes aboard almost effortlessly.


Rail Bright Work

LIBERTY came to us with deteriorating bright work.  The rails had been done in Cetol and the finish was about gone.  This is sometimes a blessing in disguise as there is less work to do with the heat gun to strip whatever finish is left.   The heat gun and some minor sanding has the wood ready for a new finish.  There is only 90 linear feet of rail cap on a Pilgrim requiring about 150’ of that nice, expensive blue masking tape to be used.  Fortunately we are back to the point where only one maintenance coat of varnish a year is required.

We are fond of Captains Varnish these days.

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