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Re: which anchor to use?

I use a claw as primary, and Danforth as a backup. There are a lot of options. For a lunch hook what ever is the easiest to deploy, and retrieve, will be the best.

I've never dragged on a day anchor, but a sudden storm can put you in challenging conditions, better to get a good solid anchor setup, that works with the bottoms in YOUR area, and use it every time.

Besides it's good practice.

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Re: which anchor to use?

thanks ive only tested the danforth havent tested the plow one yet and i have about 30ft of chain.

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thanks ive only tested the danforth havent tested the plow one yet and i have about 30ft of chain.
30' of chain on a 26' boat is minimal. It's easy to splice and an extra 30' will add more bite to the anchor. Watch your scope, my minimum is 7:1, I've been know to use a 5:1 on a picnic hook but prefer a larger scope; anything less in a strong tide or wind will drag.
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Re: which anchor to use?

I've stared the angry jaws of Death in the face for lack of a backup anchor..... so whatever kind you have, keep a backup anchor!


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Re: which anchor to use?

I think your good to go with the plow just add about 20 ft of 1/4 inch chain,I found i could always sleep soundly when i used that setup,unfortionaly i lost mine in the gulf,I now have a 22 lb danforth [acually 2] and so far so good but no doubt i'll buy another plow before heading out for parts unknown
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Re: which anchor to use?

heres a pick from the cockpit looking foward while anchored out with the danforth.
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Re: which anchor to use?

Pearson? Garhauer traveler and mainsheet set-up?
Life lines are loose. 30 feet of chain is plenty unless you are anchoring in 100 feet of water or more regularly. The only place that deep where you are is inder the Newport Bridge.
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columbia yatch
and yes they are loose need to tighten them

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Re: which anchor to use?

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30' of chain on a 26' boat is minimal. It's easy to splice and an extra 30' will add more bite to the anchor. Watch your scope, my minimum is 7:1, I've been know to use a 5:1 on a picnic hook but prefer a larger scope; anything less in a strong tide or wind will drag.
In a perfect world we would all have big anchors, lots of chain and endless rode.

I have a 36 foot boat, only 20' of 5/16" chain, have never had more than 4 or 5 to 1 scope due to depth and have never drug an anchor -- we have respectable tidal flow and I've been in 40-45 knots of wind.

Do I like the setup I have? Not really, would like a lot more chain but I have no windlass so I hand retrieve the anchor -- I won't be adding any chain to what I have.
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