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The Bruce has 20 feet of chain (on the bow) followed by 50 feet of 3 strand, follwed by a swivel where you can connect the Danforth with 30 feet of rode. When I leave the boat unattended, I hook the Danforth rode to the swivel. After that swivel, I have another 30 feet of chain (that acts like catenary) followed by 100 feet of 3 strand. Believe me, the boat is not going anywhere once set.
Have you ever had trouble with the Danforth pulling out and not resetting? If it did, then you would just be down to a Bruce 22. I like the idea of being comfortable enough to leave the boat at anchor for an extended time, just not sure what that setup would be for me.
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I would keep 3 ( 2 handy, one backup ) and set yourself up for anchoring in Catalina; ( different bottoms and depths ) a plow type is good all around with 1' of 3/8" bbb chain/boat length ( 40' boat=40 foot chain ) and then several hundred feet of 3/4 rode; depths of 20 - 100+'. @ 6:1 is a boat load of rode

Do that and you should be good at any anchorage in SoCa & Mex

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Our boat came with a 22.5 lb CQR-style anchor, 30 feet of chain and 200 feet of double-braided 3/8 line. We kept the anchor and line as a backup, then bought a 25 lb Bruce style along with 300 ft of line.

The backup gear takes up space, but you never know when it might come in handy.

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They are all Danforths. Thanks for all the feedback... might consider keeping more then I originally intended... until I need the space.

My guess is that they are all either 14 or 16...

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I use disposable anchors made of compressed pressed rock salt connected to biodegradable soy rodes. I carry ten of them typically.

They last a week or so before melting, neat stuff. Set em and forget em...
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I guess that would be the Roc-Na anchor? (Chemistry joke).

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You guys are too parniod, I took the 35# off the boat and replaced with it with a 60# Manson Surpreme. So I now have only 1 anchor on the boat. If if can not hold me I have bigger issues.

When it comes time to cruise off farther afield I'll add a danforth type.
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You will know if your anchor is too big, when your rudder is lifted out of the water when you have said anchor on the bow.
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The 15lb anchor is nice as a lunch hook. Easy to set and retrieve. Other than that, as has been said, have a minimum of two heavyweight anchors (each for different bottom conditions - I have a Bruce and CQR) and for redundancy.

Even if mainly daysailing, you may need a heavyweight - imagine wind gets up, engine fails, being driven towards beach/rocks.....
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I won't give you advice since I don't know you or your cruising grounds.

I mostly sail my own boat around Chesapeake Bay (principally mud bottoms) on weekends and the odd week-long excursion. Once a year we head off for a couple of weeks to the Bahamas or New England.

I carry a primary anchor on the bow (a Rocna 25 - 55#) and a secondary (another Rocna 25) in the sail locker. I have a Breeze (a Bruce copy) that is about a 25# anchor on a dedicated stern anchor fitting. I have a couple of real small Danforth-style anchors for the dinghy. I use one of the big anchors when I have to kedge off. The secondary is on board in case I lose the primary due to a snag or other foul.

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