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I like the idea to a degree but ...
Why would you not find a used mushroom mooring for sale from somewhere (boatyard, boat club, yacht club etc.) that was around 250# - 350# and just go with that?
If you find a well worn mushroom it can be welded to increase the stock of the stem and loop for not much and it is time proven design. How many crabs and oyster beds have to die because your train wheels drag over them? Once you buy an anchor like that it is yours and you can use it for many seasons if you take care of it.
How much metal does the Chessy need in it?
I am a cheapskate and freely admit it. You should be able to get a used mushroom anchor in your size range (250 - 350#) for not that much. Add some new chain and a swivel and you are good to go for several years.
Why re-invent the wheel (as it will tend to spin anyway)?
We have a 350# mushroom anchor for our boat in the Hudson which has way more current then most of the Chessy most of the time and the start up cost of buying a used mooring was under $350 while we added new chain, swivels, ball etc.
I am not with the EPA or DNR of any state but seriously, why re-invent the wheel? I have never been in the non-profit or government sector for employment.
Those train wheels are massive amounts of metal compared to what a traditional mushroom anchor takes to dig in.
Of course, it is your choice.
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Last edited by CalebD; 10-24-2009 at 02:59 AM.