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post #2 of Old 05-03-2003
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How much anchor chain is enough?

Your needs are based on your cruising grounds. We have just returned from 3 years cruising and we have anchored almost everywhere. If you are planning on achoring verses being in marinas an electric windlass is an excellent asset. This will provide an extra safety margin by being able to move when you need to. When using the manual system you may take the wait and see aproach. Also this will make it possible to carry more chain. However if most of your anchoring is in the Bahamas you won''t need that much due to the shallow waters. I believe that using regular anchorrode should not be a problem as long you add roughly a boatlenth''s chain. We always have used a snubber when using all chain. The snubber should be of a smaller diameter that will still have the breaking strength of the chain. Just some advice on your choice of anchors. We also carry on board the bruce anchor and have been very happy with it. However the bahamas has some areas with very hard sand. The Bruce would not hold. When switching to the Cqr we usually were succesfull. So you may want to add another type of anchor like the CQR, Delta, Spade.

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