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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Upper Chain Locker

Upper chain locker is getting dry-fitted. The first picture shows what will be the "bottom" of the upper chain locker. The 4 inch diameter fiberglass tube running through it is will be the hawse pipe to guide the chain to the lower chain locker under the V-berth. Comments by Westsail 42 owners report that the boats motion can easily be affected by a lot of chain forward. The best you can do is to try and store the chain as low and aft as possible. With this dual chain locker setup, the idea is to use the upper for storing a 60-feet chain/ 150 feet rope rode, often adequate for coastal cruising, and use the lower chain locker for storing larger amounts of chain when going offshore (maybe 300+ feet). The hawse pipe may not lead all the way straight to the deck (probably wont). Depending on what windlass we choose, it will likely be angled slightly to meet the chain drop at the deck. Second picture shows the floor/tube assembly permanently glassed togther after having been prefitted. Next the assembly will be glassed to the hull, followed by "walling in" the upper chain locker with a piece of 3/4 inch Coosa (which will have watertight access hatches to gain access from the inside.
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