Deep anchor well - too deep?

 Hey guys

My ongoing project boat has forced me to ask alot of questions in regards to boat design and function. The old Regent Viscount has a rather shallow anchor well so I am making it deeper. But, as it does not have a lid/hatch, I have wondered if it will pose a risk in the event of taking a wave over the bow.

As I am sure most of us boaties have experienced in the past, it doesnt take much (usually at very slow speeds) to have a wave come over the bow. Now if you dont have a hatch on the anchor well, this could easily result in about 50 or 60 litres of water filling the anchor well. Yes, the well has a drain hole but it would take quite some time to empty. Do any of you see this as an obvious risk?

The reason I ask is that I was going to make the anchor well deeper to allow for greater rope capacity and allow for greater chain fall (if I fit a winch) but dont want to comporomise safety.


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Most have a good drainage hole

Tue, 2018-02-13 11:27

And with a decent length of chain critical to good anchoring you need to leave enough room for a good length of rope.  Would still prefer for safety that you install a hatch cover  

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 I couldn't see 50 or 60

Tue, 2018-02-13 11:30

 I couldn't see 50 or 60 litres being a risk unless you were in a real heavy following sea, I reckon you'd be battling to fill it one go.


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Tue, 2018-02-13 11:35

 If you increase the drain size and add a clamshell over the top to prevent water coming back up that would help.

Also, would 50 to 60kg of water on the bow for 10 seconds pose a serious risk? No different to sending a small deckie forward to untangle a line or similar.

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 Put a drain down the bottom

Tue, 2018-02-13 11:55

 Put a drain down the bottom and let it drain directly out the hull. Normally place something over the hole so water can't enter while you're movingProvided it sits above the waterline (say 30cm) then you won't have an issue. 

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 would there be a prob in

Tue, 2018-02-13 13:23

 would there be a prob in putting in a second drain hole or a bigger than normal one 


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Tue, 2018-02-13 13:47

The well will have 2 drain holes of a descent size and a clamshell cover to stop water getting back in.

Weight in the front with a following sea wont be an issue as you normally get greenies over the deck when heading into the waves at slow speed, such as when pulling cray pots in a stiff easterly.

I was most worried about the weight bringing the nose down and keeping it down when the next wave/swell hits the front. But as zOOm said, when you think about the weight of a crew member pulling the anchor from the bow it really shouldnt be a problem.

Cool. One less thing to worry about. 

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