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post #6 of Old 09-23-2002
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Anchor Tests

Yes Dennis --if setting is your only requirement.According to the Vic-Maui 2000 anchor study, Bruce did set 97% of the time first try. BUT, it only held less of the loads the Danforth style anchors did . The conclusions I drew was that if ya don''t wanna fool around setting it, get a Bruce. If ya want it to HOLD, get a Danforth. But a note at the end of the test told quite quite a tale also-- anchor in good bottom. In other words LOOK for something for whatever anchor you have to bite into. They say not very many skippers carry a tallow line anymore. Nowadays to replace it, going with the push-a-button boys, ya get an underwater t.v. with an L.E.D. screen, but whatever. Find a good bottom, drop the anchor,don''t throw it, back slowly till it catches, play out 7 to 1 scope, then set it hard and see if it drags. Do it again if it fails. That seems to me to be the best way to do this thing. OH yeah, I think I''d go with the biggest son-of-a-gun of whatever anchor ya can handle !!
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