Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Deale, MD
Thanked 90 Times in 89 Posts
Rep Power: 9
Re: Ground Tackle For Chessie Mud
PalmettoSailor's advice was sound. I've had Danforths, Delta, Fortress, and Manson.
The Fortress is great for certain super soft mud anchorages. Great for a kedge and for a second, as they are so light.
I had a 25-pound Delta on my 32-foot cat. Mostly very good, but undersized in soft mud. Easy to place and good with shifts. Always came up clean.
I then got a 35-pound Manson. The size helped, and shape is better in either very hard bottoms or soft mud. An improvement, however, it comes up loaded with mud. I keep a long handled plastic scraper up front.
Regarding the windlass, please tell us what type. Most have a combination chain/rope gypsy that can manage both chain and rope, but they will hang up at the splice if not done perfectly. One solution is to have enough chain to handle 90% of harbors, which will only be about 75 feet in the Chesapeake (I have 50 feet, but my draft is less); then the slice does not have to pass.
Writing full-time since 2014
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
"Keeping a Cruising Boat for Peanuts"
"Faster Cruising for the Coastal Sailor"
"Singlehanded Sailing for the Coastal Sailor"