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post #18 of Old 07-25-2007
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Giulietta, trying to support your argument by saying that "very very few boats drag" in your area is hardly convincing - it only demonstrates the conditions there are less than demanding. In another discussion I believed you mentioned "20 - 30 knots wind" as further proof that there is nothing wrong with your technique.

This simply doesn't apply to long term cruisers who have real need to use tandem anchors. In moderate to good holding, a decent anchor of baby size will hold your boat in your conditions... the forces are trivial. Once you have used your tandem set-up in 50 or 60 knots wind, with bad surge, and a shifting wind direction, then you get to claim it is well tested and "never any problems".

Sorry for the harshness, but you are misleading people badly and providing information is what these forums are for. Please take careful note of the other expert opinions which may be found on this topic, including some directly mentioned here... Alain Poiraud (Spade), Jean-Louis Goldschmid (GlÚnans school), the British MAIB, Charles E Kanter, etc. Don't accuse me of not being credible in this context, it doesn't affect our bottom line what people do with their anchors once they've bought them...

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Last edited by Craig Smith; 07-27-2007 at 12:51 AM. Reason: is out for lunch.
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