Co-op Member, Ben Tyler, designed and fabricated a hinged anchor mechanism for Seaducktress at Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op.  The owner of the vessel, Peter Geerlofs, explained to Ben what he was looking for in a new anchor roller system.  What Ben fabricated is unlike traditional systems, is easier on the windlass and simpler to pull up anchor.  The size is an 88 lb system of polished stainless steel (316L), double the size of the original anchor system.

The hinge anchor mechanism articulates.  The pins and barrels must be flush for the roller to move smoothly between the cheek pieces.   The chain will move through to the idler roller which changes the angle for the cathead.

Ben Tyler with the wooden mock of for the hinge anchor mechanism at Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op.

Ben Tyler with the wooden mock of for the hinge anchor mechanism at Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op.

Ben Tyler demonstrates the hinge anchor mechanism he fabricated for Seaducktress.

Ben Tyler demonstrates the articulating hinged anchor mechanism.

Ben Tyler demonstrates the hinge anchor mechanism he fabricated for Seaducktress.

Ben Tyler demonstrates the hinged anchor mechanism.

Cheek pieces for the hinged anchor mechanism.

Ben displaying the cheek pieces for the hinged anchor mechanism.

Stainless steel solid pins and barrels must be installed so they are flush with the roller and cheek pieces in order to articulate smoothly.

Stainless steel solid pins and barrels must be installed flush with the roller and cheek pieces in order to articulate properly.

Hinged anchor mechanism ready for installation.

Hinged anchor mechanism almost ready for installation.

Hinged anchor mechanism ready for installation.

Hinged anchor mechanism almost ready for installation.