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Re: Duluth to Knife River

Originally Posted by downeast450 View Post
Thank you for the offer of information and advice. I will take you up on it. Our "little" boat at 7,000 pounds is happy with the 15k Rocna. I sleep well. Do you set yours with a trip line?
Your Rocna is well suited (oversized!) for your boat. Good choice indeed.

I deploy a trip line perhaps 5% of the time. I only use it when I know, through visual inspection or reputation, that an anchorage has a lot of logs or debris on the bottom. On Superior you can usually see down 20' or more, so the bottom is often visible. Of course, when anchoring in the outflow of rivers, the water becomes more mirky, so you can't always count on visibility.

All this said, the only times we've ever snagged a log or a tree is when we haven't deployed the trip line. And conversely, we've never had to use the trip line to retrieve the anchor ... so you never really know.

Why go fast, when you can go slow.
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