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Anyone have experience with the Delta anchor?
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Used one for 3 years now. For me it combines the best fast setting attributes of the Bruce with the security and ability to set in weedy and grassy bottoms of a plow.
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The second time I used it I draged. Lucky I woke up in time.
That was on labor day weekend, Sat night.
I seemed to be the only one that slipped that night, however it was a bad night, wind shift 180 deg and lots of wind. Probably not enough scope out.
The delta is 22lb on a 31 ft Oday.

Have you ever dragged anchor with it?
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I have never dragged with my Delta. I use a 45# anchor on all chain rode on a 43'' boat. I also make damn sure the anchor is well set by backing down hard before I have that first cocktail. We encounter a lot of challenging bottoms to anchor in, weeds being the toughest. You can be fooled about your set unless you really put it to the test. I have been know to reset several times until I am satified. Bottoms can vary considerably in a small area.
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I would have gone one size up myself. I use the rule of at least 1# of anchor per foot of boat length regardless of what the manufacturer recomends.
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Thanks for all the info. I guess it''s too late to change from the 22. Maybe I''ll go to more chain, around 25 to 30ft. One concern was it fitting on the bow and the other was the weight to lift. Back ain''t that good anymore.

Right not I have 15ft of chain, 1/2.
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You should definately increase your chain to at least 30 feet. More if you can deal with it.
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I picked up a phamplet at the Newport boat show concerning anchoring.
They suggest, I forgot actual length, but it is under 10ft.of chain. Their reasoning and I understand it too is the cushioning effect of the line versus the chain.

So I guess too much chain could be a bad thing?
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I don''t know why they would say such a thing. There IS a cushioning effect in 100% chained anchore systems. The weight of the chain causes it to sag quite a bit as you lay at anchore. The hit by a wave/power boat wake or any other sudden pull on the anchore the slack is used and does offer a significant cushining effect. All chain also provided better holding power anad because of wight lowing int angle to the anhore alloowing less scope to be needed. Other than wieght I can''t think of any reason not to go 100% chain.
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Hey Jim!

I was reading a story about a guy that took his dinghy over to a buddies boat to retrieve some free 3/8" chain the guy was giving away.His buddy warned him,"once I start dropping the chain down to you,it''s all going to go." As the guy started the chain overboard, the dinghy''s gunwales sank deeper, and deeper in the water.The guy in the dinghy said he jumped overboard just as the water reached within an 1" of the top of the gunwales.ha!ha!ha! By jumping ship, he alleviated some of the weight problem and was able to swim/push the dinghy back to his boat.That might possibly be one reason not to go with an all chain rode ;^)
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