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What size anchor ?

I have a Venture 24 and need to purchase an anchor . I looked at the ads and dont know which one to get . I could use some advice about which type and weight to get . Thank You , Bawgy
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Where are you sailing and what is the bottom like? These will make a huge diffrence in the type of anchor you need.

Myself, I sail off the coast of Ca, which is some sand, but mostly rock and kelp. I use a 25# Plough and a 15# CQR respectivly, both on 50 feet 3/4# of chain, and 200 feet of line.

My boats a 19'' 2100 lb sloop.

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Whoa, that''d be a gnarly anchor setup. With 3/4" chain running 5 lb/foot you''d need a pretty big windlass to raise anchor, not to mention that 500 lbs of chain might float you a little low up front. Maybe you meant 3/16"?

For advice, I''d start with the Chapman''s Guide, and if you want to go overboard on the subject, look up the two year-old anchor articles in Practical Sailor. Our Delta plow is my favorite general use anchor.
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What size anchor ?

I sail mostly in a lake that was cleared pretty well before flooding. Mostly silt and mud but a few places have some rock . I will also plan on being out in the sounds of NC and I GUESS that will be mostly silt and sand .
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What size anchor ?

Daforths hold very well in most contditions, I have never ben let down by my danforth, and thay say one pound of anchor wweight for each foot of your boat, that is a real rough way to figure it, and a daforth you can cheet that a littal to the lighter side. How ever becase of my bow rollers I run a 40# CQR for my primary and a 45# bruce for my secondary the primary is on 120 foot of chain with 250 foot of 5/8 rode, and the secondary is the same but just 60 feet of chain. 38 foot boat 28,000 pounds.
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Fluke anchors would likely do you in sand/silt bottoms. Check out the Fortress or Guardian Anchor website, they are light and get good reviews. I have two, large and small, the work well if you set them well.
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What size anchor ?

Bawgy

Sorry that I''m late getting a reply out but I too have sailed and anchored on inland, man-made lakes. I was alway worried about using my Fortress (or any fluke type) because not all trees were cleared before flooding and some boaters have lost their anchors in the roots, and branches of remaining trees.

I preferred to beach the bow of the boat and walk a line ashore.
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