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Re: Let's talk about anchors some more
I agree that all-chain anchor rode is the answer with the CQR. Big ships and naval moorings rely on the catenary curve of the chain as much as weight of the anchors - few anchors drag when the pull is straight along the bottom! We have a 45lb Kingston Plow (Canadian CQR copy) with 150 feet of 3/8 chain on our 9 ton Hunter 37 cutter. We used to sometimes have trouble setting it on a chain & rope rode, but after installing a windlass and all-chain, we never fail to get hooked. I also have a 45 lb Danforth and plan to add a Bruce (one of the most popular anchors around our waters).
That's a good set up, Three diff. types of anchor for diff. conditions and plenty of scope. Chapmans say's 5 to 1. I put out 10 to 1. 10 feet of water = 100 feet of chain. If it's deeper, I pull out at least one of my dumb bell and shackle it mid scope for a sentinal. I used to use a second anchor mid scope before I found these dumbells.
" Some are boat wise and some are other wise"
Last edited by Capt.aaron; 07-24-2012 at 01:32 PM.