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For a racer, the minimum required by the rules. For a cruiser, as many, as heavy and as diverse of type as you can carry. My friend's forty foot racer carries one five pound danforth and 100 feet of rope. On my 27 foot cruiser I have 5 anchors of three different types, 300 feet of chain in 100 and fifty foot lengths and 900 feet of 3 strand nylon. Is it enough? One hopes.
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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...
That's a cool idea. When the anchor and its rode dissolve, it's time to move on anyway.
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I have five anchors, three of them main anchors, two smaller for kedging. When I go on a voyage they're all on board, stowed but ready to go, not on the rollers.

When I'm sailing around my home area, I have just one, the others are in the garden shed. When you're out day sailing and the conditions get bad enough to need more, then you need to look at your decision-making skills, not your multitude of anchors.

Just my opinion, ignore it if you wish.
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Type and style needs to depend upon the boat size too. As one said, a 15lb anchor is a lunch hook. But for my 30'/7000 lb boat, I use a 7.5KG/16.5 lb bruce with 20' of chain, 250' of 5/8" line, and it is just fine! BUT, I admit, if the boat were bigger, I would want an appropriately BIGGER anchor.

how many and size depend upon where you go, winds, currents, as mentioned racing rules..... 4-5 lb minimum for me!...........

I've been looking into some of the aruminum anchors and leaving the galv bruce behind while racing, pulling out when cruising etc......for some, my plan would be sacrilegious, others perfect sense.

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