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anchor types for ICW (intracoastal waterway)

I will be going down the ICW for the first time soon.
I have two danforth anchors.
Will these work ok?
If not, what other styles will I need.
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Re: anchor types for ICW (intracoastal waterway)

Probably depends on where on the ICW you'll be, or are you traveling the entire link?

A Danforth is a good, general all-around anchor and should serve you well, assuming you've acquired anchors that fit the boat. I've always found that if the manufacturer says a #11, as example, is for boats 24-30', and if I owned a 27' boat, I'd buy the next one up, say the #13. You usually can't go wrong going a smidge bigger, but you can suffer if it's too small.
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Re: anchor types for ICW (intracoastal waterway)

Agree with emoney. As long as your anchors re sized for your boat and you are comfortable setting them you should be fine.

For what it is worth I came up the ICW this summer for the first time. Anchoring was something I spent a lot of time toying with, trying out various methods to see what worked best for me.

The currents should not be taken lightly and they switch twice a night.

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Re: anchor types for ICW (intracoastal waterway)

Silvio raises an important point, the currents reverse every night, and in some places they're quite strong. You want an anchor that resets easily. And a trip line for areas, such as parts of NC, that have a lot of snags. (Personally, we have a Rocna with 100' of chain) Anything at least one size bigger than the mfg recommends for the boat is wise.


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Re: anchor types for ICW (intracoastal waterway)

From Norfolk to Oriental I had very good luck with a 22lb Delta w/ 30ft of 3/8 chain on my Alberg 30. Most anchorage were well protected others were not.


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Re: anchor types for ICW (intracoastal waterway)

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I will be going down the ICW for the first time soon.
I have two danforth anchors.
Will these work ok?
If not, what other styles will I need.
thanks,
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Gh, First of all good luck on the planned trip! Sound exciting....
There is a lot of information on the forum regarding best anchor choice....
I do recommend that you acquire an anchor with a better setting reliability than the Danforth (Danforths work great in softer bottoms).
Your choices are Spade, Rocna, Manson Supreme, and Mantus.... I think any of the above will serve you right.... I do represent Mantus Anchors and of course am partial....
But in general these guys have better setting ability in harder bottoms....
I hope this helps....
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Silvio raises an important point, the currents reverse every night, and in some places they're quite strong. You want an anchor that resets easily. And a trip line for areas, such as parts of NC, that have a lot of snags. (Personally, we have a Rocna with 100' of chain) Anything at least one size bigger than the mfg recommends for the boat is wise.-Wingnwing
+1 Good advice here on the trip line with small bouy.

In addition you should fashion a kellet to ride down your anchor line and have it hang at least 1 foot under you keel ( 4 FT is preferable) in areas the current reverses especially if you are use any rope rode. This will prevent anchor wrap when the tide reverses. I have found this to be very effective in areas of switching tudal currents. NOte to take into account the length from your bow+ the depth of your keel in the sormulation of the correct depth.

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