THE CHAIN SCRUBBER
I made this for my husband, he gets so muddy when he brings up the anchor :-).
Found the design on another blog. Basically, it is three scrub brushes fixed in a triangular shape to capture and scrub the chain as it comes to the surface. We will also have a saltwater wash down.
I got the scrub brushes on amazon for about 4 bucks a piece. I drilled 8 holes in the center brush and 4 holes on the outer brush to accommodate the line for the soft hinges.
The hinges are 1/8th Dacron tied with a square not and three half hitches on each side of the knot. I then finished it off by whipping the knots for extra security. I’m trying Dacron instead of metal hinges to avoid corrosion.
The soft hinges allow us to reverse the bend to create an anchor scrubber.
The chain scrubber works by capturing the chain. With a weight on one end and a messenger line to a bow cleat, the scrubber should sit below the water, scrubbing the chain as we weigh anchor. I attached a line to encircle the whole scrubber to secure it closed, but I may add a Velcro strip or a positive latch. We will see how this hold together and how quick it is to deploy and remove.