Re: Ground Tackle For Chessie Mud
I have a 33# Spade (Model 80) that came with the boat. It's a great anchor and I sleep well when it's down. I've read that its main advantage over some of the other "next gen" anchors is that by not having a roll bar it fits a wider range of bow rollers. I know that the roll bar is intended to keep the anchor upright on the bottom, but I haven't had issues with setting the Spade. That said, I can't say that I've yet put its resetting ability fully to the test in situations of extreme wind or current reversal. I know other members have used other "next gen" anchors on the Bay and have been happy with their performance also.
I also have a Fortress 16 that's worked surprisingly well in the Chesapeake mud. Without a windlass on my boat I've gotten more use out of it than the Spade, putting it down on calm nights and only wrestling with the big Spade if weather is expected or when rafting. If I had a windlass, the I'd reverse that but would definitely still keep the Fortress aboard.
Beneteau Oceanis 400
formerly Lippincott 30