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Hi... I have an allemande 31... plan to sail mostly around florida and the bahamas... which is the best anchor to have??

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sorry.. Allmand 31
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Julian - this is a great question, and one that has been frequently asked and hotly debated. Here's a link to a quick google search on the topic:

https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q....sailnet.com&*


I think most people these days tend to go with a "new generation" anchor like a Rocna, Manson, Mantus, etc., and they all seem to do pretty well, but how you anchor can be just as important as what anchor you use, so you should study on that as well. Here's a link to a great article about anchoring in general from one of the experts:

Anchoring a Boat: The Ultimate Guide - ALL AT SEA

FWIW, I have an old 35# CQR on my boat, and it has served me very well in the Keys and up and down the Florida east coast. The only problem I have ever had with getting it to set was in deep grass off Rodriguez Key.

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The only anchor that works reliably is a helix screw, driven to submission in the seabed. All others should be held in some degre of suspicion.

If I was going to buy a new one today, it would be a next-gen, as mentioned above. And still not fully trust it.
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Julian - this is a great question, and one that has been frequently asked and hotly debated. Here's a link to a quick google search on the topic:

https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q....sailnet.com&*


I think most people these days tend to go with a "new generation" anchor like a Rocna, Manson, Mantus, etc., and they all seem to do pretty well, but how you anchor can be just as important as what anchor you use, so you should study on that as well. Here's a link to a great article about anchoring in general from one of the experts:

Anchoring a Boat: The Ultimate Guide - ALL AT SEA

FWIW, I have an old 35# CQR on my boat, and it has served me very well in the Keys and up and down the Florida east coast. The only problem I have ever had with getting it to set was in deep grass off Rodriguez Key.

Good luck, and happy sailing.
Agree with this post. I've been using a 35# CQR on my boat for 20+ years with good results, perhaps because I am careful to set it properly. Any anchor requires technique: some folks seem to drop them overboard with minimal attention to what happens next.

Whatever your primary anchor, you need more than one if you are cruising. Suggest your anchor "arsenal" include at least one danforth style--preferably the Fortress--for soft bottoms, like mud. They do very well in sand that is not compacted, too. I've had Fortress anchors for over 25 years. Weedy bottoms need something other than a danforth style, as they have a hard time penetrating and will scoop up lots of weed and very little bottom. Any anchor can be problematic in weeds, to be fair, but a heavier, pointy plow style, including the "new generation" styles would be my first choice here.

When all is said and done, Minnewaska nailed it in a later post: unless your anchor is a helix screwed into the bottom, you need to be skeptical that your boat is secure. We aren't even discussing your rode, chafe, etc., either!

P.S. Hope this isn't the start of another "my anchor is better than yours" thread!
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Size matters too. For his boat 35# CQR would be a reasonable primary anchor.

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The best anchor in the world is useless if not used properly. A good rode with at least 25-30' of chain is a must and the more scope you put out, the better.
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Love my CQR - holds well in rolly shifting anchorages.
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Re: Anchors: which is the best?

Thanks for the links and info in this thread. Been working on my boat project in my garage (newbie getting into the sailing world) and been wondering about this issue. Some good sources and ideas, thanks.


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Re: Anchors: which is the best?

Asking the question which anchor is the best is like asking a motorcyclist which is the best oil to use..it leads to a debate... But we just picked up a new Spade...along side the very dependable CQR.
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