Once thought as one of the first items to be framed in, ends up being one of the the last. Finish work can now proceed in the v-berth.
A recap of the design: there are two chain lockers. One “upper” one “lower”. The upper is intended for chain/rope anchor rode. The lower is intended for all chain. The chain feed into the lower locker is provided by a 4 inch fiberglass tube. The design is to help keep weight lower and closer to the center of the boat.
I will let the pictures speak…
The vertical 4 inch fiberglass tube is the hawse pipe into the lower chain locker. It is intentionally cut long. When windlass and chain thru-deck locations are selected, the tube will be cut down and diverted to one of the thru-deck locations.
Comments on this installation
Installation was tedious and annoying for a 6 foot + person being cramped up into the small bow area. For this reason, using structural adhesive (Plexus), instead of fiberglass and resin, made installation much easier and less messy.
The “floor” and the “wall” pieces were cut from fiberglass reinforced Coosa board. To help improve resistance against wear and tear from falling heavy chain, the surfaces of the Coosa pieces were pre-laminated with random chopped strand mat fiberglass and resin..