Originally Posted by ShoalFinder
Losing the bits in a heaving sea was my concern also.
Since this is going to be your standby anchor, what are your thoughts about tack welding the nut to the fluke so that the only thing you have to do is insert and tighten the bolt? It would also make it a one-wrench operation. Being tack welded, you could always grind the small weld points if you wanted to return it to OEM design.
I think either way would be fine. Tack welding nut in place would make operation simpler, but welding would require consideration as to increased chance for rust, and heat might affect the strength of anchor if done improperly. I plan to assemble mine in the cockpit area next to locker where it is stored, so I'm not too concerned that I would loose the bolts/nuts even if boat was rocking and rolling. But just in case, I have a couple of spares.