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Anchor in Lake vs. Chesapeake

All my experience is on the bay and have never sailed a lake, honest. I have no idea on what anchor to buy, how much chain or rode. The lake we will put my grandson's boat in is Kerr in NC, with the depth of 300. There ain't no way that going to happen.

I am told that there is plenty of wood on the botton, even in the shallow area for 25 to 50. I would appreciate advise or where I could find info, what type of anchor to use.

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Vasailor, sounds like a dammed mountainous lake. If that is the case, I've used with success a danforth on about 15 feet of light chain and 125' of rode(never had to use that much). I would first beach the bow and secure one end of some rode to a tree in a cove. Then turn the boat into the deeper water while playing the 'tree rode' out and drop the bow anchor and set. I think the anchor weighed less than 10 lbs. In most areas of this particular lake in Georgia, the banks fell off fairly rapid, so this method worked pretty well although it was a power boat.

This should work well with the 22' ODay if that is the intended boat and you don't mind nosing it to the beach....can't imagine how much rode you would need in 300'...let's see...7 to 1 scope...that's a lot!
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Kerr Lake was created by flooding land that had lots of trees, thus "plenty of wood on the bottom". Whatever ground tackle you choose, make sure to attach a trip line to it, so you can dislodge the flukes from the trees. The trip line can be attached to a float, or simply a line long enough to reach from your anchor to your deck, attached to the rode.
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I seriously doubt the areas near shore are that deep. However, if it is a man-made impoundment, a trip line and buoy is a necessity as pointed out previously. I wouldn't go with a Danforth, since lakes tend to have little current, but generally have shifting winds... and Danforth-type anchors generally don't do well in reversing wind/current situations. I'd go with a Delta, or if you have one, a next gen anchor, like the Rocna, Spade, Mansuon Supreme or Buegel.
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My own experience with Danforth type anchors in man made lake bottoms is that they are the worst choice as they get snagged and then you bend the flukes trying to get them up. Any Solid plow type anchor should be fine in thsat environment with a trip line...CQR, Delta, Bruce. or new design.
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Thanks to each one of you. Now I have a better idea of what type to have my grandson save his $ for !
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