Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Gaithersburg, MD
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So what size do you consider right for which boats?
Unfortunately, too many boats have woefully undersized anchors and are going to be in serious trouble should they be caught anchored out in a storm unexpectedly.
I know anchors depend on bottom and boat size and displacement so here is mine...
I sail a 6800lb fin keel 27' boat (Catalina 27) in the relativly protected waters of The Chesapeake Bay. I have 3 anchors; an 8S Danforth with 6' of chain and 75' of 3/8" nylon rode. This is my "lunch hook". I also have a Danforth 12H 6' chain and 120' of 1/2" nylon and a 7lb Fortress with 10' of chain and 200' of 1/2" nylon. The overnight and "go to" storm anchor is the 12H Danforth. I have never dragged anchor in that and have survived once in a 1 hour storm in somewhat open water (protected to windward by land 1/2 mile away) and blowing 45 knots. The ride was "interesting" and the GPS track showed a nice arc as we swung around, but we held firm. It was all I could do to recover the anchor after the storm.
So what single anchor do you reccomend?
Sailing on The Central Chesapeake Bay, West River, MD on my Catalina 27, Aelous II with my wife and friends.
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