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Without more information, like what kind of chain it is, what diameter rope it is, it is hard to say whether it is sufficient for your boat.
Originally Posted by sailjunkie View Post
Today, we finally got a chance to examine our anchor and rode, for our recently purchased Mirage 29'. The anchor is a 22lb. CQR-style, with about 37' of chain. There is just under 200' of rode.
For the PNW, this is really a bit on the short side, regardless of any other considerations. I'd also think that the anchor is a bit undersized as well.

To me, that doesn't seem like very rode. For almost 14 years, we belonged to a sailing co-op that operated C27's. We used 14lb Danforths (you knew they were real--they were heavy and VERY rusted! and about 275' rode and 25' of chain. Perhaps that's why I'm scratching my head.
This is a curious statement, since a 14 lb. Danforth, is just that...14 lbs. That is a fairly light and insubstantial anchor only worthy as a lunch hook on most boats. The Delta 22 is a far more substantial anchor than what you're "used" to.

I'm just wondering what some of the wiser "heads" on this forum think of that chain/rode combination? We are looking at buying a second anchor and rode, then using this as backup.

Thx in advance!
If I were you, I would get a next gen anchor in the 30+ lb. range—either a Rocna 15 or a Manson Supreme 35. Add a 3/8" Crosby load-rated bow anchor shackle, 30' or preferably 60' of 5/16" G43 high-test chain, and at least 250' of 5/8" megaplait nylon...and you'll have a pretty decent anchor rode.

280' of anchor rode will allow you to anchor in 30' of water at 7:1 scope rather easily. A bit longer nylon rope might be a good choice, given the average depths of the anchorages out where you are. Going up to 350' or so of rope would give you 380-400' of rode, which would allow you to anchor in 40' of water at 8:1 fairly easily.


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