Re: Opinions on anchor swivels
We've got a swivel on this boat and I'd second John and Dave's remarks.
We do have an occasional need to plonk the anchor with the boathook or it comes up backwards. I have noticed that if I bring it up with the boat stationary or nearly so no problem but with some way on, the anchor wil spin underwater and then not fully realign. If it brings up a lump of mud then all bets are off.
As for the swivel, I suspect it does contribute to the problem and I intend removing it at some point. Certainly if I was to be leaving the boat at anchor for any time I'd not want it there but for now I'm not overly worried.
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