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Originally Posted by NautiG
I just bought a delta
like Sailhog's. Any advice on methods of deployment and retrieval, as it would differ from the danforths
I'm accustomed to? The literature describes the delta
as "self-launching", whatever that means. Also, there are two eyelets on the shank. One at the end and one towards the plow-head. How is this second eyelet meant to be used?
Currently, retrieving an anchor
without a windlass
, I pull in the rode
until the boat is directly above the anchor
. Then I tie off the chain and put the engine in forward until the anchor
breaks loose from the bottom.
Gemini Catamaran Split Decision
The hole at the plow head can be used to rig
, or shackle
another anchor in tandem as Giu does, or to run a pin through on your bow roller (as I do) so the anchor won't come loose and self deploy in rough conditions.
Self launching means that in a bow roller...once you release the anchor chain
, the weight of the plow head will cause the anchor to drop by itself.
My own technique with the Delta
is to let the head hit the bottome then slowly pay out the rode
as the current or wind pushes you back. At about 1/3 of the intended rode
, take a quick snub around a cleat
to make the anchor bite...you will feel it do so. Then let out the rest of the rode intended and watch for a bit to insure you are not dragging. Some like to set with the engine. I find this tends to pull the anchor out in softer bottoms and prefer to let the wind and tides do the work.
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