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post #21 of 23 Old 11-28-2009
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Hey, Night0wl!

My 343 came with a 20lb Delta and I've never felt any concern about it here in the Chesapeake. I will note that we haven't spent a night aboard in anything over 25 knots. It's probably not apples-to-apples, but I would think that the 35lb anchor you're considering would be adequate as a primary. Put on an extra 6' feet of chain leader if you want a little more insurance.

For a storm anchor, I have a Fortress FX-37. It's sized for a 46'-51' boat. When I pull it out, the ladies shriek and faint (wink to mitiempo).
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Originally Posted by wind_magic View Post
For me that means 80+lbs with chain, and I don't care if its a 40 foot boat or a 25 foot boat so long as I can set it.
Where would you store an 80-lb anchor on a 25-ft boat?

it seems like above about 20 feet in length you are reaching the point where whatever a human being (and windlass) can deploy and retrieve is best
Not all boats have windlasses... my 27-footer doesn't. However with a chain stopper or pawl and a roller there's no reason a fit person shouldn't be able to haul, say, 50-60 lbs of ground tackle by hand.

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When cruising a Bene 36.7 in the Caribbean we're using a 30-ish pound anchor (of a type I don't recognize - Danforth style but different) and 120 feet of chain with a 30 foot strop on the end. It's always fully deployed. No windlass.

But we never anchor in more than 6-7 meters so we never have to 'pick up' more that that much chain at any one time, so it's been manageable.

Here at home it's a 35lb CQR with 40 feet chain and nylon - again no windlass so we try to limit our depth to 40 feet or less so I don't have to hand-bomb the entire anchor/chain weight for too long. We have never dragged with this combination but.. mostly our nights at anchor are in well chosen anchorages with little or no wind overnight.


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