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post #4 of Old 03-14-2001
gershel
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Hi, I also swear by my 35# CQR. Three trips to FL on the ICW,never ever dragged.I feel that technique has as much to do with it as the anchor type. Because I sail alone most of the time,I set the anchor by hand,just using the boats natural drift back. I learned to feel the anchor actually setting,or not.I usually use a 5,6:1 scope initially,then adjust as needed. I have 40'' of chain& 200'' 5/8" rode. My 2nd anchor is a Fortress. That seems to work equally as well. I''ve had them both out for up to 2 weeks at a time,never a problem. One other thing on technique,after setting I back down,very gently,then let the anchor dig in naturally from wind & wave action. Works for me. I have a PDQ36 catamaran.
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