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Re: Delaware River Anchorages

Originally Posted by chef2sail View Post
I know Rick and Colin spend some time sailing the Delaware and may have some " local " knowledge of anchorages.

We have frequently anchored behind Reedy Island which we use as a staging stop waiting for current change on our trip down the Delaware. It actually is quite a beautiful safe anchorage as long as you dont stare at the nuke plant. Also you are a little expose from the South put you can tuck in and get some releif. We set a kellet to prevent anchor wrap and all is good.

I have just started to use a kellet for that reason, after cutting a nice notch in the keel. It actaully happened at Reedy Island 2 years ago. I was wondering how you rig yours?
Thanks for your reply

I have a good holding 33 lb Rocna for starts.

I attached a 1/4 inch shackle to the anchor top
Overtons Vinyl-Coated 10-lb. Mushroom Anchor - Overton's
WEST MARINE Stainless-Steel Screw Pin Anchor Shackles at West Marine

Then i attached 25 feet of 1/4 inch line to a thimble

I drop and set the anchor and cleat it off. I open the large shackle put the anchor line in the big circle part, the mushroom shalcke and the thimble on the shackel pin and close.

I lower the mushroom anchor ( it slides down the regular anchor line so that the anchor is 5 ft below my keel ( if I have the depth) . My keel is 4.5 and freeboard at the bow roller is about 11 ft, so i let it slide down the anchor 21 ft from the bow roller. I then tie that line on the cleat.

It keeps the anchor line weighted down straight so when the boat swings in the current the keel can pass over the line and doesnt get caught. Thats the primary reason I use it, not for the decreased catanary angle.

It has worked well so far although I have not used it in winds in excess of 30 knots.

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