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A. Advise on anchoring threads is very conservative...
... and is based upon bigger boats and old men (I'm one of those). Worse come to worse, this boat is beachable.
B. This is a light boat. Chafing through the rode is unlikely, since the anchoring loads are trivial. 5-feet of 3/16-inch chain would probably do, backed by 100 feet of 3/8-inch line. It's a small boat and he will anchor very close to shore.
C. A 6- to 8-pound anchor should do. I might also carry and extra 100 feet of line and a smaller anchor, perhaps 2-4 pounds. Perhaps not.
D. A backing plate is still a good idea, because though the load is low, the deck may be very thin. Again, nothing too thick; 1/8-inch aluminum or 1/2-inch ply about 4 inches in dia. should do.
I cruised a Prindle 16 a few times (tent and beached, though anchored a few times with a 4-pound danforth. I also cruised a 27-foot 1200-pound catamaran for thousands of miles with a 6-pound Fortress and an 8-pound danforth. Each had 5 feet of chain. I have a larger boat now with a more traditional ground tackle, which would be ALL WRONG for a 16-foot day boat. Who is this group has cruised a 16-foor boat?
The most important advise, IMHO, is to avoid thunderstorms in a small boat. Sail early and hunkerdown in the afternoon as needed. Don't be a hero. There is no heavy weather plan that is dependable in a boat that light.
And have fun!
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