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REcommended dinghy anchor?

I cringe & worry whenever I put my 8# Danforth in my Zodiac air-floor.

Anybody have any suggestions for either a different anchor and/or way to stow a Danforth so it won''t punch a hole in my dinghy?
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REcommended dinghy anchor?

That''s a good question. Inflatables are a hassle for getting poked. I used a 2-1/2lb standard Danforth on an inflatable and used a bucket to put it in. Now I do rigid dinks and thinking of trying one of those funky folding anchors you buy at Walmart. They are smooth when folded and weigh approx 5lbs...could easily be slipped into a small round canvas bag too.
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REcommended dinghy anchor?

I’ve used a 3.5# 4-Fluke Folding Grapnel Anchor, and a 4# Fortress (which @ 2'' Long O/A x 1'' W, is pretty big) on my inflatable dinghy. In each case I used about 6'' of 1/4" stainless chain and 75'' of 3/8" 3-Strand Nylon.
The 4# Fortress also worked well with a 13'' Whaler (on which I’ve anchored overnight - long story).
I''ve even used a 15# Mushroom, tho'' I wouldn''t recommend it''s holding power.
I’ve never found any problem with sharp flukes (punctures), so my first criteria would be effectiveness and cost.
As previously mentioned, a bucket or bag could be useful (I''m big on buckets) - but I used the anchor so often (many times daily) that I didn''t bother much.
Gord
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REcommended dinghy anchor?

That 3.5lb 4 fluke grapnel is what I''m talking about at Walmart. I don''t use chain or long lines on my dink anchors...the anchor is 99.99% for beaching. My dinks have been 10''or less.

GordMay, did you happen to meet Jim and Lana on a Triton named Waterwitch when in the Bahamas? They hung out in the Exumas. Jim worked at Sampson last I saw him.
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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).

Billpjr:
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!
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REcommended dinghy anchor?

I used a clip on the dink painter to hank on and off the anchor. When boarding boats I took the anchor off and clipped the line to whatever was handy. I also use 3 strand poly pro because it floated. Towing never was a problem without the stretch.

Hey, do you have any idea how I can get in touch with Jim and Lana? I wrote Sampson and Stainiel a few months ago and they didn''t know them. Jim used to be the Sampson''s "engineer" for keeping the big generator running.

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Bill
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