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A client and I brought his boat up to Savary Island where he has a summer home. I was teaching the kids to sail. There is a shallower spot, but it was taken. We used 200 feet of chain and 100 feet of rope. We managed to dig in the anchor. Two of us were on board each night.
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Myself and my Daughter attempted to anchor in what was supposed to be 60' by the charts. My depthfinder was temporarily inoperative (old boat) at the time. After letting out 100' of 3/8" chain and 100' of rode, only to continue drifting with the flood, we hauled it all back in by hand. It was an ugly scene, both of us on the foredeck going "Heave, HEAVE" forever in the 90 F sun. I could hardly make my rust covered self get back to the cockpit after that one. All while drifting along at three knots between the islands. Nothing heavier than 100' of 3/8" chain hanging straight down off the bow. It must've been 200' there...
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Around 70', very steep shoreline in BC. We stern tied so did not need to put out more than about 110' of chain as I recall. Have anchored many times in 60+-', it takes all 300' of chain and I'm never comfortable with it.
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120 feet off the coast of Maine waiting for the fog to lift. Dead calm night. Not enough battery to run the radar that night. Between chain and rope rode, I carry about 1200 feet total that I can splice together as needed. The bulk of it is in 150 shots of 3/4 nylon that I keep at the ready...plus a total of 200 feet of 3/8 triple B chain. Needless to say, I like to keep enough line on hand if needed. Also comes in handy for tying up in mangroves for hurricanes.

Note: I'd reccomend everybody carry an aft anchor with a shot of at least 120 feet of rope rode ready to go in an emergency when there is no time to let the bow anchor go.
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Tried anchoring in 50 feet of water at Block Island, IIRC. The CQR didn't set and I went to a spot with 30 foot depth - a shallower but more crowded part of the anchorage. Later that day a smaller sailboat apparently tried the same spot where we couldn't get a good set. She had dragged back and was up against a slightly bigger sailboat.

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...Note: I'd reccomend everybody carry an aft anchor with a shot of at least 120 feet of rope rode ready to go in an emergency when there is no time to let the bow anchor go.
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Can you provide some examples of when you'd need the (stern) anchor quickly?

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Can you provide some examples of when you'd need the (stern) anchor quickly?

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unexpected depth change, grounding immenient due to unmarked/mismarked/shifted shallows? engine fails--while dropping sail stern anchor used as emergency brake?
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did you find any teeth? those things are really cool... and they dont make them anymore...

IIRC, i read about a FL beach were you can find them too
Found about 35 myself and my buddy found about the same. the biggest I had was about 5.5 inches, most in the 3 to 4 inch range.
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There is goodhunting for megalodon teeth about a mile off the main tourist beach of Venice,Florida in probably 20 feet of water or less...haven't gotten out there myself...
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unexpected depth change, grounding immenient due to unmarked/mismarked/shifted shallows? engine fails--while dropping sail stern anchor used as emergency brake?

I have been keeping a stern anchor in the cockpit for a few months now...it just seems like a good idea...running up the catwalk to drop the main anchor can be treacherous and time-consuming in a dicey situation...
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