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REcommended dinghy anchor?
The Folding Grapnell works just fine. I prefer my little Fortress, because it’s easier to handle (one handed) when maneuvering around a crowded dock.
My commonest use was in holding the dink off (& out from under) crowded docks. Lay a stern anchor, run in to dock, cleat anchor tight (no catenary), exit dink /w bow line. Dinghy retreats away from dock (as much as 20''or more) as rode relaxes. Tie bow line. Now others can approach dock, and we don’t rub/bang on dock, nor get caught under a rising tide. In Nassau harbour (etc.), the bowline was a 1/8" S/S cable (locked to engine bracket) and lock.
The chain & extra long rode weren''t (usually) neccessay, just avaible - so prudent.
A simple mushroom also works alright (plastic coated mushrooms also make great anchor rode “Sentinal” weights for the home boat).
Jim & Lana (“Waterwitch”), radio handle “Audrey”, and Mike (“Kingfisher”), and Mark (“Teach”) were frequent visitors to Club Thunderball (from Sampson). They all danced at my daughter’s wedding (March ‘94). In fact, the “M/V Sampson” brought the wedding Wine, Liquor, and Chicken from Ft. Lauderdale, arriving the day of the wedding. A great bunch!