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08-01-2007 10:51 AM
TrueBlue Some of my dive gear investments, such as lift bags, wreck reels and marker floats, have paid for themselves many times over, from salvaging lost ground tackle strewn along the ocean's bottom.
08-01-2007 10:43 AM
Brezzin A lot of yacht clubs and sailing groups run swap meets. This is a great place to pick up anchors cheaply. Also if you know any divers, ask them to keep an eye open for a "donated" anchor. Tell them you'll buy it from them.
I was diving on wreck in block Island sound last year and I picked up a brand new 35 lb delta and about 120 feet of three strand and 20' of chain all new. I sold it for $150.00 at a swap meet. Chances are that divers have donated anchors in their garages already. All the wreck divers I know have a real hard time leaving anything of value behind.
08-01-2007 10:28 AM
camaraderie Delta, Spade,Rocna,Manson, CQR,and Bruce are all much better choices for rocky bottoms than Danforth. Read the threads & you may find one more appealing than another. You need to penetrate and hold OR hook in such circumstances. Learn about rigging a trip line too if you want to get your anchor back!
08-01-2007 08:48 AM
TrueBlue Here we go again . . . Mr. Smith should be chiming in soon.
08-01-2007 08:41 AM
eherlihy Many people reccomend a CQR / Claw anchor specificaly for anchoring in rocky bottom areas. As discussed / debated in another thread, these can be used in tandem with your existing danforth to increase the holding power.
08-01-2007 08:00 AM
Gary M
Winfield Basin ?

Run up to Winfield basin it is sheltered and a nice anchorage. Anchoring on your side of the peniusula is pretty exposed and not something I would be too keen on. Generaly it is good to get in behind an island etc.

If you have two Danforths you do need to get another style. They work pretty well in mud, sand and clay if you can get them to set properly and no wind or current shifts but for rock you do need something heavier.

Gary
08-01-2007 06:23 AM
sailingdog rocky bottoms are problematic for most anchors, and generally, the best thing to do with rocky bottoms is have a really heavy anchor.

I didn't recommend the Rocna specifically, since that would probably trigger a response from Alain or Craig... but I do like my Rocna. My major complaint with it is how much muck it brings up each time I've used it. It usually has 15-30 lbs of bottom on it when it comes up. UGh... a major cleaning mess.

On my boat (a 28' 4000 lbs trimaran) I have a 15 kg Rocna as my primary anchor and a 14 lb. Danforth as a kedge. One of these days I'm going to get a better kedge anchor, maybe a Delta, but haven't done so yet.
08-01-2007 12:23 AM
Everlong hellosailor: thanks for advice lol...

Sailindog: Rocna? even for rocky bottoms? or should i use a combination of some sort?
07-31-2007 11:14 PM
sailingdog I'm not a big fan of Danforths as a primary anchor. They don't reset well in many cases of shifting current or wind direction, are horrible in many types of bottom, other than sand or mud, and tend to foul fairly easily in the case of a wind/current shift.

I'd recommend a 10-15 kg next generation anchor--a Rocna (which is what I have); Bulwagga; Spade; Buegel; or Manson Supreme.
07-31-2007 11:09 PM
hellosailor If the search engine doesn't lead you to the many discussions of anchoring, look on the web. There's plenty of information out there, including heated debate about what's best.

Generally, if you can lift an anchor, it's not big enough. < g >

It helps if you learn to sleep with one eye open while at anchor. Or at least, a good anchor position alarm on the GPS.
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