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04-13-2011 09:40 AM
blt2ski 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.

marty
04-13-2011 06:16 AM
Omatako 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.
04-13-2011 06:11 AM
Omatako
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Originally Posted by chrisncate View Post
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.
04-12-2011 09:28 PM
vega1860 “It is, of course, presumptuous of me to claim that I know the answer, but looking around I certainly can say that I have seen a great many people who presume to know the answer and do not.” Col. Jeff Cooper

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.
04-12-2011 01:10 PM
SVAuspicious 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.
04-12-2011 12:55 PM
paul323 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.....
04-12-2011 12:38 PM
Boasun 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.
04-12-2011 07:10 AM
Don0190 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.
04-12-2011 05:22 AM
john1066 I guess that would be the Roc-Na anchor? (Chemistry joke).
04-12-2011 01:29 AM
chrisncate 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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