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Old 09-26-2012
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Re: spare anchor

To the OP. While I still think the (genuine) Bruce is an excellent choice for a spare anchor in the PNW and if stowage isn't a problem, I did post a review of my recent usage of the Mantus anchor that I have been trying out on my bow (in place of my 66lb Bruce).

The link is here if it is of any interest to your cause:Another "Next Generation" anchor enters the market...

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PS Maybe you could convince a dockmate of the advantages of the new generation anchors and when he unshackles his genuine Bruce you'll be poised to buy it from him!
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Re: spare anchor

thanks MedSailor

Appreciate the link and advice. Bruce it is.
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Re: spare anchor

Just my 2 cents worth,

I have a Spade anchor and I love it. It does disassemble with one bolt. The anchor does not depend on the bolt for strength, only to hold it together while not under pressure. I cruise in the PNW and it has set the first time every time and never moved once set. I was thinking of a Fortress for the secondary but I may just get another Spade. While I do have 200 feet of BBB and 100 feet of rode, the Spade is designed to work with much much less chain and mostly rode.

btw - I do not work for nor resell Spade anchors

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Re: spare anchor

The performance of most anchors is enhanced by using a Kellick or Angel which is a weight of about twenty to thirty pounds which is placed in the anchor chain about eight feet into the chain from the attachment point for the rode, if you use nylon. This simple device upgrades any anchor system.
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Re: spare anchor

We make use of a Kellet frequently. In areas of reversing current it help prevent anchor wrap aroung the keel/ prop. We have 75 ft of chain so most of the time our Kellet is slid down the rope anchor rode to a position 5 feet below the keel. It. We use a 10 mushroom anchor as the weight.

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Re: spare anchor

Sounds good. I use mine on the bottom, but hanging it close to the bottom would still improve an anchor's holding capability. When the vessel surges back against the anchor on a wave, the weight lifts off the bottom and softens the shock. I also include an elastic nylon rode.

I do not think genuine Bruce anchors are made anymore in yacht sizes

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Re: spare anchor

Mike,

You are correct in that genuine Bruce anchors are not made for smaller boats. BUT, one can get a lewmar or sea dog made version of them. Whether or not they are as good a quality, or design if you will is unknown to me. I do have a lewmar from what i can tell, works find for my useage, and previous owners useage. Altho if he bought the anchor when the boat was new, then it may very well be a genuine bruce, and I do not realize it at this time.

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Mike,

You are correct in that genuine Bruce anchors are not made for smaller boats. BUT, one can get a lewmar or sea dog made version of them. Whether or not they are as good a quality, or design if you will is unknown to me. I do have a lewmar from what i can tell, works find for my useage, and previous owners useage. Altho if he bought the anchor when the boat was new, then it may very well be a genuine bruce, and I do not realize it at this time.

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one is still able to obtain GENUINE bruce anchors for cruising sailboats as used item. i love mine. is 30kg, or 66 pounds and does a great job of holding in the sea bottoms we have here.
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one is still able to obtain GENUINE bruce anchors for cruising sailboats as used item. i love mine. is 30kg, or 66 pounds and does a great job of holding in the sea bottoms we have here.
That is true if one wants a used anchor.....if not, one wants new, then show me and others a place to get a 30kg bruce anchor new! Only from Lewmar or Sea Dog from what I can tell, and I will assume the Mike ment the same, ie no one builds/makes a Bruce new!

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Re: spare anchor

why would anyone ant to buy a NEW anchor??? it gets used hard and put away wet. new anchors are status symbols for those who do not sail far or use an anchor.
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