Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Aboard SoulMates somewhere in the Eastern Med
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Rep Power: 13
I can only tell you what worked for me year before last in Miami - i have 40 Jeanneau and my primary anchor is a 44lb cqr with 70' of 3/8" chain and 250' of nylon 3/4" rode - the second anchor is a 55lb delta with 70' of 1/2" chain and 250' of nylon 3/4" 3 strand rode. I anchored in about 10' of water, i draft 4'11", and used both anchors at about a 20 degree angle and put out about 100' of total length. she did not move through 2 named storms - she did do a 360 as when i pulled the delta it's rode was wrapped around the cqr rode. the bottom by the was is mud - the delta came up fairly easily whereas the cqr was buried and took a bit to get it up.
good luck and remember the winds will come at your boat from at least 3 different directions - so you have to prepare well and try to guess which will be the strongest for the longest period of time - last year i set up for wilma assuming a strong prolonged west wind but it moved farther north and we got an all night east wind followed by a short intense south wind followed by an intense west wind.
imho you can not get to much anchor or chain
chuck and soulmates