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Oldslowandugly posted 06-04-2015 09:41 PM ET (US)   Profile for Oldslowandugly  
When I first bought my 15 foot Sport I thought the bow locker was a terrific place to keep the anchor, rode, and more out of sight. Then on my first sea trial I realized that without the drain plug several inches of sea water rushed in and soaked everything. No problem, just put the drain plug in and forget about it. Then it rained, like Biblical rain. The locker filled to the brim, soaked everything, and weighed the bow down. So that's out. Now I'm thinking this locker is the dumbest idea ever. Then I went fishing and my Grandson caught a pretty big Summer Flounder, too big for the cooler. Hey! . The bow locker! Remove drain plug and we have a nice big live well! Under way it drains, at rest it fills, replenishing itself with fresh cool sea water. Beautiful! I still need to bail it out after a rain, but so what. I love this boat!
tedious posted 06-05-2015 07:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for tedious  Send Email to tedious     
Wow, good call! I wish I was successful at catching fish, so that would work for me. I keep anchor and rode in there, with the plug in, and yes, after a rain the locker needs to be drained. It's a bad design.

You've got me thinking I should move the anchor and rode to the stern compartment, and just leave the bow locker open to the sea. And if you leave it open, there's no need to ever bail it out, right? It just drains after you get going.

Tim

Oldslowandugly posted 06-05-2015 10:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for Oldslowandugly    
I too was stumped by what to do with the anchor. Then I saw a stainless steel anchor bracket that attaches to 7/8 or 1 inch railing. Perfect! It's a Windline PM-1 Anchorfast unit and the anchor sits snuggly by gravity, ready to be lifted off and deployed. I mounted it right up front on the railing above the bow light and then mounted my Type-IV throwable ring preserver piggy-backing the anchor. Saves a LOT of space. The rode I keep in a covered bucket at the stern, out of the way, with a stainless quick-link to clip on the anchor chain when needed. By me the legal size for a Summer Flounder is 18 inches and the floor of the bow locker is also 18 inches so if it looks like a contender I just toss it in and see if it's a keeper. If so I pull the plug and the fish stay frisky all the way back to the dock. Here is the link- https://windline.com/index.php?route=product/product&filter_name=pm-1&product_id=117
tedious posted 06-05-2015 01:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for tedious  Send Email to tedious     
Thanks for the link! I actually use a Bruce anchor, so that bracket won't work, but the general concept may. I'm thinking that maybe I'll try just leaving the plug out for a while - anchor and chain are stainless. We'll have to see how skanky it all gets.

Tim

Oldslowandugly posted 06-05-2015 10:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Oldslowandugly    
I'm not sure you want the plug out all the time. Depending on your waters it could get pretty funky in there. I use a bilge pump in the rear sump just because I didn't want to leave the drain pug out letting several inches of water back there get everything green and slimy. However, when a big blow is expected it's nice to know you can leave it open and it will self-bail. Letting the bow locker fill up depresses the bow, raises the stern, and helps the raised motor lower unit stay clear of the water.
PeteB88 posted 06-07-2015 11:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for PeteB88  Send Email to PeteB88     
No matter how you use your bow locker they are nice to have. Especially bow locker on my Outrage 17 - works nice in crowded waters for the girls; if you know what I mean - pull the plug and various cycles of fill and drain (siphon or gravity)while underway and we be good. Recommend removing anchor and rope prior to use. Maybe I'll get Janis to make me a sticker for inside of the cover. Funny.
Oldslowandugly posted 06-07-2015 09:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Oldslowandugly    
What do you guys use for the locker cover? Mine is fiberglassed plywood I fabricated before I was sure I liked this boat. Anything would probably be better.
porthole2 posted 06-08-2015 08:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for porthole2  Send Email to porthole2     
I have used one of those Windline brackets on my previous boat for over 15 years. Worked great for having the anchor at the ready.
Another trick I did was add a horizontal bar to the bow rail to keep my anchor rode at the ready.
Weaved over the top on on the inside of the rail I could throw the anchor and the line self deployed.
No more wet rode in the locker.

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porthole2 posted 06-08-2015 08:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for porthole2  Send Email to porthole2     
I have used one of those Windline brackets on my previous boat for over 15 years. Worked great for having the anchor at the ready.
Another trick I did was add a horizontal bar to the bow rail to keep my anchor rode at the ready.
Weaved over the top on on the inside of the rail I could throw the anchor and the line self deployed.
No more wet rode in the locker.

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porthole2 posted 06-08-2015 08:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for porthole2  Send Email to porthole2     
Sure would be nice if the forum software allowed an edit feature.
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