Originally Posted by TakeFive
I would not continuously unbolt it. I would bolt it together for my once-a-year cruise, and take it apart for the rest of the year. I only need a lunch hook (8 lb Danforth) for the daysailing I do the rest of the year. As I said before:
I have not made my mind up. Quite the opposite, I said:
Keep the suggestions coming.
I can see SmackDaddy's point of view too. Practical Sailor did say this in April 2013:
And in the May issue, they highlighted the differences in the warranties, where Manson came up a little short:
You asked for my opinions and I gave it. I have both anchors. I prefer the ROCNA or the Manson. They have real life data vs maketing video data. The thick shank vrs the thin shank.
I prefer the first hand data of a number of years rather than the new copycat anchor for now with very little data other than marketing videos which in my knowledge never point out diffeciences. I mean they are basically the same design so for your use it wont make any difference except your major criteria is portablilty.
A pertinent question is....how many people have failed ROCNAS, Mansons....some nanny chirp about warrenties etc, but in real life how many people have returned defective ROCNAS or Mansons.
Seems to me most who have either of these two anchors are EXTREMELY satisfied with them. To me thats the most critical peice of data.
As a side note and maybe even more important, I would not sail in the area you do with just a lunch hook available. My most important issue is safety and one of the top safety features on my boat is my anchor. If I have an issue and need to throw my anchor down in an emergency I want to have it quickly and readily available. I dont want to have to bolt it together, worry wether it will set without backing down on it,I just want to drop it and stop the boat immediately. I would think thats critical in the river with currents that you sail in.
Your lunch hook will avail you no security in such an emergency and personally I wouldnt sail with just that as the only means to stop me. I doubt whether that lunch hook will hold in switching gusty winds during the many T storms we both experince and can get caught out in. I doubt whether that lunch hook would hold you in gusty windy if your engine cuts out and you are heading to shoals or objects. When all goes right its nice to have that lunch hook,,,,when the sh.t hits the fan...I want my ASSEMBLED ROCNA.