Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: New England USA
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I''ll second Camaraderie''s thoughts as to a second type of anchor. With your thoughts of cruising the islands, you will be anchoring in an average of something like 20'' or less of depth. You have the ability to put out HUGE scope with the tackle you have in mind. I would look at the Delta, in the 45lb range with the chain/nylon rode combo. A Fortress is nice and light with great holding power as well. Also I would make sure you are snubbing your all chain with about 15'' of stout nylon, otherwise you may do some damage if the weather goes bad. The shock loads will put your mooring post to the test.
I would also look at a claw or grappling hook as well, something that you can get a grip on "rock formations" with. (Can''t say you will hook to coral heads as that is taboo...) Light weight, inexpensive, and adds to your ground tackle "arsenal".
I am 37'' sloop, but only displace 13,500. I use a 35lb CQR with 25'' 5/8 chain and 250'' nylon on my No. one, and a 20lb Fortress on all nylon for my second. Stay mostly in New England.
How much windage does your schooner project? You said low and wide, but does that include your deckhouse? What about your rig, sailcovers, rattlings, gaffs and such? I''m sure you have figured your load out, but it sounds like you have more than enough to hold you firm.
Variety, a great way to go. The CQR is great, but not on all bottoms. If you can choose the right hook for the job, and have a second for a blow, you will be in great shape.