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post #22 of Old 05-01-2002
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Your remarks appreciated. The anchor matter is quite important to cruisers, esp. in a little boat where I can anchor in thinner water than you: my choice of oversized anchors is in part due to my preference to anchor closer to shores. It is nice to spend time at anchor, away from the cost and traffic at the dock. My charterboat experience is like yours: the Bruce''s never failed, the two times I dragged anchor were with Fluke anchor designs in weedy/rocky bottoms, and the most dramatic anchor drag was watching the "Spirit of Chemainus" (100 ft heritage vessel) drag her plow anchor across the clay bottom of Silva Bay (Gulf Islands, Canada) in 35 knot winds, in the night, unattended, rescued by the rest of us in our tupperware boats. I had a Bruce down with all chain rode @4:1, so wasn''t in the game. I still think the anchor needs to match the bottom to be effective, hence my two different anchors.

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