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Foredeck

A 25 kg (55 pound) new generation Rocna anchor is located on the bow roller, with 165 feet chain below in the chain locker. One end of the chain is attached to the boat. (Always verify this before lowering the anchor).

Red paint marks indicate each 25 feet of chain played out.  The 100-foot mark is yellow.   A yellow and red mark is located ten feet from the anchor for an warning indicator when raising anchor.

The anchor windlass is located in the bow locker. The switch at the navigation station must be turned on to supply power to the windlass and the engine must be running when the windlass is in use.

P1010021-01At right, the windlass is shown with handle (centre) and a snubber line. The forward water tank filler can be seen at lower right.  This snubber is light duty.  For serious anchoring, a dock line should be used.  It can be attached to the chain with a rolling hitch and the boat at a bow cleat though a fairlead or over a bow roller.

The windlass is operated with the grey remote control which is normally stowed above the navigation station locker.  It is plugged in at the aft end of the anchor locker (above). (The current cap is actually white).

The windlass may be operated manually using the handle stored vertically in a hole right next to the windlass

 

Warnings

The engine must be running while the windlass is operating due to the high current draw.

 

Warning:The windlass is only designed for bringing in the anchor and rode and not for pulling the boat. Use the boat's engine to move the boat forward, not the windlass.  Excessive pressure on the windlass will trip the breaker or do damage.

 

Caution: Anchor chain and windlasses can be dangerous to the unwary sailor.  Keep loose clothing, feet and hands clear, and be careful not to get caught by incoming or outgoing chain or the gypsy.  Work carefully and only assign anchor dropping and retrieval to capable and alert assistants.

Important -- Set a Snubber: The windlass is designed to raise and lower anchor, not to carry the shock loads imposed by a heavy boat at anchor.  A snubber line must be fitted and cleated, then the chain let out until it is slack on the windlass after setting anchor.  The snubber provides some shock absorption and also reduces noise from the chain. If set right, it can also reduce "hunting' back and forth.

The Dinghy

When you first arrive on the boat, the dinghy should be stored on the foredeck. We recommend that you keep it there until you are clear of the marina, and ask that you return it there when you are finished.  Read more about the dinghy.

Filler and waste discharge caps

Mistaking a fuel filler for water or vice versa could do serious damage.  At minimum adding water to fuel or fuel to water will cause a costly delay.  Sometimes the caps are close together and, other than the words stamped on them, they look exactly the same.  Always read the cap and verify before filling.

Water: There are two water fill ports on this yacht.  The fill for the forward water tank is located on the starboard bow deck in the anchor locker and the fill for the aft water tank is located on the port aft deck at the transom.

Diesel fuel: The diesel fill port is located on the starboard aft deck near the transom. See here for refuelling  tips safe refuelling procedures.

Waste: To pump out the holding tanks at a shore-based station, use the 2 holding tank ports labelled “WASTE“ which are located above the two heads;

BE VERY CAREFUL NOT TO CONFUSE THE WATER, WASTE AND DIESEL CAPS.

ALWAYS DOUBLE CHECK BEFORE PROCEEDING. 

IF IN DOUBT, DON’T PROCEED UNTIL YOU ARE SURE.

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