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post #6 of Old 05-07-2011
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There are some rare instances when one has to anchor deep but I can never see any reason to anchor deeper than the tidal range plus a metre.

All deep anchoring does is wears out your batteries or arms whichever is the last system of retrieval. Unless of course you have a 10lb anchor, three metres of chain and the rest of the rode is rope. Then the weight of getting it all back on board is easy.

For example I have a friend who has an anchor as described with 200metres of rope an 4 metres of light chain on his 18ft fishing boat and he regularly anchors in 50 metres.

Conversely, my anchor weighs 40lbs and I use 30 metres of chain before the rope goes out. Life's too short to expend it on hauling that back on board

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