Position of the anchor chain
I am the future owner of an Excess 11, a boat I’ve carefully studied. I’m intending to make a modification to the non-structural part through which the anchor chain passes.
In fact, I find the current system to be detrimental to getting the most out of the trampoline, which led me to the following thoughts:
- Do away with the GRP section over which the chain passes.
- Add a PVC protective section which will be padded with a curved shape and fixed to the trampoline
- When the boat is under way, the anchor chain will be entirely in the locker, and the anchor will be held in place with rope (thinking even further, we could cover this rope with a Velcro system, but anyway...)
- Add stainless steel protection on the chain lead next to the windlass and at the bow if necessary.
The advantages of this system are:
- Make the most of the trampoline (for children having fun jumping, or for relaxing on the trampoline in any direction without worrying about bumping into something)
- avoid the risk of bumping or hurting oneself
- improve the aesthetics of the boat, as the trampoline at the bow won’t be split in two
- avoid the noise made by the chain banging on the GRP in rough seas.
There is, of course, one drawback:
- an additional maneuver before anchoring would be to bring the chain back to the anchor and secure it with the shackle...
I’d be grateful if you could advise me if this can be done without damaging anything on the boat.
Beaching your catamaran
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