Licensed 50 Ton Master
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Currently on Lake Ontario in New York
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I have actually got five anchors aboard. Two Danforth types 1 @ 45Lbs and 1 @ 35 lbs, one 44 lb Bruce, one 45 Lb plow, and a Storm Anchor (yachtsmans type). I don't count the two grapnel type anchors.
I have all chain rode on the bow, 200' of 5/16 HT, and a 200' nylon rode at the stern with 35' of 3/8 chain.
I usually try to check the bottom type and expected weather before I choose which ones to drop.
As you know different anchors work better in different bottom types.
Grass/weeds, sand, mud, cobbles,etc.
I usually only use the Danforth types in soft mud
During my last trip, I anchored in two different places where there was quite a lot of tidal current. (Cheaspeake City Anchorage basin and Barnegat Bay) Without a Bahamian Mooring, My anchors would surely have needed to reset when the tide changed. I was outside everyone elses swing circle, especially that pesky Catamaran.
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Captain Don Quackenbush
SV HERMES, Pearson 33
East Coast, Great Lakes