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Re: Last but not least, I need an anchor
" but I can't think of anyone stealing an anchor. "
What, you never saw the FoxTV show "World's Dumbest Anchor Thieves" ?? Really ??
Up into the 90's a windlass was something you only heard of big-boat world cruisers installing. Everyone else just got exercise. Buy a couple of 10# dumbbells, use 'em twice daily, save a couple of grand on the windlass?
Problem being the windlass you need will depend on how much anchor you are slinging, and I'd rather try to mail-order someone a bride (Russian? Chinese? Wait, I'm going to surprise you!) than suggest what a good anchor might be. Even some of the tests that you can find online (West, Practical Sailor) from arguably objective sources, all wind up saying they don't understand why some work better than others sometimes and not others.
Although I'm convinced, dumbbells, windlass, or gorilla on the foredeck, if you can LIFT an anchor, it is too light for anything except a lunch hook. Of course some stubborn folks disagree about that as well. (VBG)