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The anchor rode is the rope and chain, or only chain, or only rope, that connects the anchor to the boat.  Sometimes people use galvanized cable.  It’s still the rode.

Most boats store their rode in a hole in the pointy end of the boat.  This hole is called the anchor locker, even though the anchor is usually stored on deck or in a special fitting built into the hull.  The only thing in the anchor locker is the rode.

In most anchorages in the Pacific Northwest, and in any other part of the world where you generally anchor at the mouth of a river, the ocean floor in the anchorage is covered with incredibly stinky pre-oil undergoing anerobic decomposition.  It’s not pretty.  Inevitably, some of this stink comes up on your anchor rode and continues to stink once it hits the air.

In most older boats, the anchor locker drains into the general bilge.  This means that whatever stink comes up on your rode ends up in your bilge, where it stinks until it dries, then resumes stinking once it becomes wet again.

On Bright Water, we discourage stink.  So we fiberglassed the bottom of our anchor locker and added drains overboard.  Now the anchor locker is it’s own little self-contained world, free to be wet and stinky as it pleases.  We copied this delightful feature from every boat made since 1980 or so.

This is our anchor locker.  It’s huge.  I’m kneeling where the V-Berth mattress goes.

This is the start of the fiberglassing process.  We glued in a triangle of plywood to start.  It can rot out once the fiberglass is in, we don’t care.

Once we build up several layers of glass fiber cloth and epoxy it’s pretty solid.  Then we drill the holes out the sides of the pointy end.

We seal the holes with a wipe of epoxy and add a couple of stainless dress-up thingys.  POOF!  Modern naval architecture!  One less stinky thing.

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