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Best way to retrieve anchor

I had deployed a storm anchor in the harbor (15' deep) in anticipation of a big blow, in case the mooring came loose. The galvanized steel Delta anchor is about 50 lbs with 50 feet of chain going to rope. When the storm ended I tried to retrieve the anchor, but had a problem with my anchor windlass. So I tied the rode to the dock and out of the main channel) while I got a part to fix the windlass. In the meantime some helpful soul untied the rope from the dock.
Is there an easy way to find the anchor and/or rode so I can retrieve it? I am not a diver.I tried dragging a big magnet, no success. thanks for any advice
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Unless the magnet is unimaginably powerful, it won't be much help... since the anchor and chain weigh more than it could possibly lift. A grapnel is probably your best bet. Are you sure that the helpful person who untied the line didn't retreive the anchor as well??
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The rode is right below the dock cleat.
Snorkel down and find it.
Alternatively, try a grapnel between the dock and the anchor to retrieve the rode.
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The rode is right below the dock cleat.
Snorkel down and find it.
Not if the helpful person helped themselves to a new anchor and rode....
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Thanks I suppose I will try the grapnel. I thought it might get stuck in the mud. I've got ear problems so snorkeling is out.
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I'd freedive such a shallow depth, but if ear problems prevent that, or the grapnel doesn't work - try a telescopic boathook lashed or ducktaped to a longer pole to fish around for the rode.

Our marina actually has such a device (although much more elaborate) for retrieving items dropped overboard by boatowners and their guests.

But of course, SD's treasure hunter comment seems to be a likely scenario.
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If you're in Dana Point ( I assume this because of the dohenyboy handle ) get ahold of Steve with DP yacht maintinence, he'll retrive it , it may cost ya 30 bucks
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It might be worth asking the marina or dock staff if they know what happened to the rope. If they retrieved the rope, chain and anchor, they may have put it in storage. It isn't worth fishing around for it, unless you can determine that it is actually still on the bottom... If it isn't you're just wasting a lot of time. Also, if they didn't retreive it, they may have seen if someone else did. A 50 lb. anchor and 50+ lbs of chain aren't going to walk off by themselves... but it is unfortunately very likely that they did walk off with somebody.
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I am in Dana Point, but this is my other other boat in the carribean. No one is industrious enough here to try to retrieve the anchor
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