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Old 02 July 2013, 02:32   #1
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Anchor locker & tiller console

Just made the move from SIB to RIB and got a new Mercury 430 Ocean Runner.

It has an anchor locker at the front and I was wondering what you use to protect the locker from the anchor bouncing around. There's no drain in the locker so I don't really fancy using a bit of old carpet going smelly in there! Maybe some type of marine grade sticky back foam?

I plan to use it as an open boat and keep the outboard on a tiller, does anyone make a little console/box that can house a battery with space on top for a chart plotter, compass ect?

Any input would be appreciated
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Old 02 July 2013, 02:43   #2
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Just made the move from SIB to RIB and got a new Mercury 430 Ocean Runner.

It has an anchor locker at the front and I was wondering what you use to protect the locker from the anchor bouncing around. There's no drain in the locker so I don't really fancy using a bit of old carpet going smelly in there! Maybe some type of marine grade sticky back foam?

I plan to use it as an open boat and keep the outboard on a tiller, does anyone make a little console/box that can house a battery with space on top for a chart plotter, compass ect?

Any input would be appreciated
I just use an anchor extension rope to cushion the anchor from the hull and a few extra mooring lines on top to stop it bouncing, also fitted a strap to secure it if really rough conditions I did try a rubber mat, but it just curled up around the edges and held more water under it, never dried out and went a touch mouldy, the rope has worked best for me
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Old 02 July 2013, 04:47   #3
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+ 1 pack it with rope lay anchor on top and put fenders or spare rope on top. You need to be in Mensa to work out how to pack it all in (PeterM couldn't do it!) but it doesn't bounce around and scratch the locker

And I can get it all out very quickly before any jumps in about emergency situations. Just the repacking needs a bit of thought.
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I also put a piece of foam on the top of mine to stop it bouncing up and hitting the lid
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This is what we use: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Vibrationa-R.../dp/B009XU1BHE

Lasts about 2 seasons then you have to change it (preferably before it cuts through and scratches the floor....
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Sounds like the rope is the way to go - with some foam under the lid.
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I lined mine with a camping mat on the last boat , and the rope under it too .
I got fed up with moving kit to get to the anchor all the time so put the anchor and rope in a tee surgeons rope bag and keep it out on top of the rest of the kit . The locker is more use for spare fuel and stuff i don't need all the time . As for a consul box and battery for me that defeates the object of having the boat on a tiller . I use a garmin hand held with marine chart works well and 2 AA batteries last a few days .
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I designed my own electronics tower to fit my equipment. This thread has a few options.

Nice looking Zodiac SIB
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+ another 1 for line under the anchor, and lots of it
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And don't be shy of drilling a drain hole, just ream the edges, 1cm diameter is fine......and paint the raw glass.
In theory ( and actually in practice) the packing of an anchor should follow it's dropping, so to pack it should be soft stuff first, then chain bits and then the anchor itself. Covered in whatever warp is around to aid mooring, towing etc.
That should be enough to stymie the banging. A thick rubber ring to hold the lid closed will stop the rattle.
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