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Anchor Roller, Sampson Post
& Toe Rails
setting up the fore deck of Storm Petrel I wanted to achieve a number of
good bow roller for my smaller 18lb anchor to live on so it could be
deployed quickly and easily.
good Sampson post for general tying off anchor lines and other secure
bomb proof attachment for the fore stay.
toe rail around the fore deck for general tying and good hand holds for
climbing aboard from a canoe or dingy.
but not least, a hawse pipe down into the chain locker that was weather
yeah, I wanted to build it all out of salvaged and recycled materials!
(Click on images to enlarge)
The overall result
Sampson post (similar to a mooring bit) is built out of the base of an
aluminum satellite dish frame. It is hollow and the hawse pipe is inside (see
later photos). It is bolted through the deck with a generous backing plate and
a piece of oak that is also bolted under the deck to the chain locker bulk
head. (One of the Coast Guard’s common complains is deck cleats that pull
off in tow). You could suspend the boat from this post. The post is fitted to
the curve of the deck and mounted on a plastic base with good drainage (see
previous stanchion base article). The corners of the post are protected with
high density plastic (used for hockey rink boards and cutting surfaces) to
avoid chafing lines. Bolted to the sides of the post are two pieces of
aluminum angle that extend forward to form the bow roller. The “bit”
(horizontal pin) is ¾ inch solid aluminum bar stock with plastic caps to
finish ends. In the top aft edge are both a cutout to allow passage of line
and a slot for chain. In the top just for options is a hole for a line that
can be plugged by a standard marine drain plug (as seen with keeper chain not
top cap is just held tight with a piece of good bungee cord but a more
secure system is in the planning (probably with a gasket and ski boot
buckles which are very good all purpose adjustable weather-proof clasps that
can be salvaged by the dozen).
The actual hawse pipe is a PVC threaded tank fitting well caulked to the
deck and standing about two inches high. This way any water that gets in
does not go into the chain locker but rather drains away from in the Sampson
post. I am thinking about putting a bow light in the top of the post but
this might get too busy. The wiring, if protected, could just pass down the
deck set up shown above has the anchor in place ready to be deployed. A keeper
pin holds it in secure with a line aft for release from the cockpit. The shank
of the anchor has PVC water hose over it to reduce dents and damage to the
The roller is just a
boat trailer bow bumper on a stainless steel bolt (with a smooth shaft). Lines
are lead forward through fair leads and protected from chafing with small fire
hose. The sides of the aluminum angle are protected with slabs of high density
plastic that widens at the roller to give some chafing protection to the
anchor line when deployed.
are attachment points for the forestay and the jib pendant which attach
slightly off center (due to the anchor shaft). The original fitting is still
bow roller has the appearance of a short bow sprit (or “bumpkin”) and
gives the boat a rather good appearance. A stainless steel turn buckle serves
as a miniature “dolphin striker” and both supports the bow roller and
counters the pull of the fore stay and jib.
fancy toe rails that both strengthen the deck and provide great attachment
points, butt into the front of the cabin with stainless fittings (which I
actually bought). These two railings are handrails from the cab of a transport
truck and were salvaged from a local dump. The shape works just fine.
Last updated 26 February, 2007 - © Matilda Owners Association.