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Old 03-31-2016, 12:32 AM   #21
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Cleaning the anchor locker/bilge

No matter how hard I try to keep mud, seaweed etc out of the anchor locker there is always some that gets by me. My locker drains to the bilge which translates into all that "undesirable stuff" distributing itself (I presume) between the locker and the bilge. Have yet to do it, but i believe if I introduce a hose into the locker it should wash all the debris into the bilge. Is this commonly done? Are there any tricks? Detergent or ? Added in? Thanks in advance for your responses.
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Old 03-31-2016, 06:11 AM   #22
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Rope brings in far less debris than even scrubbed chain.
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Old 03-31-2016, 08:20 AM   #23
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No matter how hard I try to keep mud, seaweed etc out of the anchor locker there is always some that gets by me. My locker drains to the bilge which translates into all that "undesirable stuff" distributing itself (I presume) between the locker and the bilge. Have yet to do it, but i believe if I introduce a hose into the locker it should wash all the debris into the bilge. Is this commonly done? Are there any tricks? Detergent or ? Added in? Thanks in advance for your responses.


We have chain wash downs built into the underside of the bow pulpit that hose the chain as it comes up.
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Old 04-02-2016, 12:20 PM   #24
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locker drains

I converted my split rope locker into one chain locker. It had no drains originally. Now it drains through a 1 1/4" hose to a properly installed seacock about 10" above the waterline. The bottom of the locker is about 4' above the waterline so the seacock will be closed if it gets rough enough. The chain locker is glassed watertight so the seacock can be closed and the chain locker can be filled with fresh water and then drained for the occasional chain and locker rinse at the dock. I'll let you know how it works out after spring launch. By the way, draining a chain locker into the bilge strikes me as stinky as having showers do the same. Yuck.
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Old 04-02-2016, 08:56 PM   #25
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Ours drains to a fwd sump pump that is then sent overboard along with condensation from fwd AC units.
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I'm all for overboard. See no advantage of inviting water/humidity into a boat.

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