Storing anchor on bow spirit without anchor winch

Morning !


My reef anchor doesn't fit in the anchor storage compartment at the front of my Swifty. I'm guessing this means the anchor is either to big, or the storage compartment wasn't designed great (its nice and wide wide, but not very deep). I have to keep my plough anchor and reef anchor in the cabin. The plough isnt a big deal as it fit's pretty nicely, but I hate having the reef anchor prongs rolling around on the cabin cushions. 


I have a bow spirit and a cleat so I figure it would be best to keep the anchor stored on the bow - that way it is ready for easy deployment. But I can't figure out the best way to secure it.

If I wrap the chain around the cleat it will bang on the fglass and the anchor compartment hatch would need to be open. 


I thought about using an eye and hook turnbuckle to secure the anchor to the cleat, but I just worry about it coming loose OR I thought I could just use rope and untie / attach the anchor hain when I wanted to deploy.

Just wanted to see if anyone does this successfully or if I am barking up the wrong tree. Maybe a new, smaller or folding reef anchor would be the best option.


Hope that makes sense. Thanks !

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Sorry ignore this guys - I

Sat, 2017-08-12 10:47

Sorry ignore this guys - I ended up getting the anchor to fit in the storage compartment nicely by using a pole to bend the prongs in further so they weren't so wide and a little bit neater. 


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What size Swiftcraft?

Sat, 2017-08-12 10:49

 I have a Dominator, and like all cuddy cabs, a PITA re anchoring. I now have an anchor winch, but previously, was using an Ezi-lift clip and ball. The 120m of 12mm silver rope lived in a plastic rubbish bin, and the chain and the anchor would drop into the middle of it. Then bin was then stored in the vee between the bunks when not in use. Worked well, but not so good when fishing solo. The anchor rope would be tied off to a rope which was left permanently on the front  bollard, doubled as a handling rope for tying up and on/off the trailer, tied around the side of the cab when not in use. Make it the right length so that it can't quite get around the prop if you let it drag. Run the anchor rope out, when you are getting close to your required length, clip on the float and Ezi-lift clip, tie it off to the bow rope and come around. To retrieve, just drive up the rope and let the clip do its job, once the pick is up under the float, double back down the rope and coil the rope into the bin.  I fish solo a bit, and adjusting length was a bit of a problem solo in a fresh breeze. Hence the anchor winch. Use the above system right, and you will never need to access the bow.

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Sat, 2017-08-12 11:15

Same as ranmar850,have a rope perm on bow through the bow roller and re enforced with garden hose over it to stop ware.Run it to back of the boat for solo retrieve and safety with kickass s/steel clip never have to go to front of the boat.


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It's a 5mtr Seahawke so I'm

Sat, 2017-08-12 11:49

It's a 5mtr Seahawke so I'm doing my best to optimise the deck space and keep things as neat as possible. 


Thats an interesting idea - i like the idea of never having to mess around up the front. I'll look into the ezi-lift clips as I have been thinking about getting something like that to assist with retrevial. 


Thanks for the advice !






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E-Z clips are the go.

Sat, 2017-08-12 12:22

 Some people also just  use the s/s ring that opens to put the rope through, retrieve the same way. I heard claims that the ezi-lift was "too hard" to use--probably so for people that are "unable to walk and chew gum at the same time" , as the yanks would say   Advantage to me was for northern fishing--not uncommon to hook something at anchor that threatens to spool you, and you need to drop the pick off in a hurry. If the ezi-lift is already clipped on, just untie and chase--can't do that with the ring.

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 couple of great ideas there.

Sat, 2017-08-12 16:02

 couple of great ideas there. we have the dominator . always use a anchor retriever and looked at one of them clips to assist. great idea about the rubbish bin swould take up less room than the butchers tub i was going to use


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Ezi Clip

Sun, 2017-08-13 07:36

I have the full setup with buoy and clip. New, unused. You can grab it for $20 if you like. I'm in Greenwood.  


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 Nice - I'll take you up on

Sun, 2017-08-13 08:20

 Nice - I'll take you up on that ! Thanks

Is that the 10mm one or the 12mm one? I'll have to buy the rope to go with it.


I live on the other side of the world in Rockingham but will PM you to sort something out to come up there.