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03-07-2006 07:31 PM
HenkMeuzelaar In 1995 at Guadeloupe island, about 100 NM off the Mexican Pacific coast, we tried to use "local knowledge" from one of the islanders who rowed out to tell us where to drop anchor in a small patch of sand between the rocks, supposedly at 60-70 ft depth. However, we must have gone off the deep end a bit and our 43lb Bruce dug itself in at 90-100 ft, with all 200 ft of chain out (we had just reduced chain from 300 to 200 feet to lighten the bow....).

Unfortunately, our windlass chose precisely that moment to malfunction and the 20-25 knot wind soon freshened to ~30 knot. The long and the short of the story is that we had to stand anchor watches for 48 hours till the wind calmed down a bit and the repaired windlass was able to help us get several hundred pound of chain plus anchor back up.

Throughout it all, however, our 43 lb Bruce (plus all-chain rode) held our 43 ft, 27,000 lb vessel on a 2:1 scope in 30 knot winds!

Fair winds,

Flying Dutchman
03-07-2006 06:34 PM
BobBitchin I regularly anchor in 115 feet off Two Harbors in Catalina (SoCal). I use a 110 pound Bruce with 350' 3/8" chain. Seems to hold well, and have sat through winds as high as 40 knots. Boat is a 56' ketch, 42 gross tons.
03-04-2006 01:19 PM
Michiel 120 ft off Catalina island with 350 ft of rope and chain. almost 3:1 scope right? held fine. no windlass, just big muscles.
03-03-2006 10:17 PM
you aksed so here it is

whilst sailing back from hawaii on a 26 foot ariel....two anchors were dropped overboard akxed,so it mustuv ben atleste 3 million feet there.they were not hooked up to the roads(rhodes)rodze,so they are still somwhere....way down below the ocean....thats whe---eeerr I want to be----- she may be.(thats a song from the 1960s)
03-01-2006 07:27 PM
mikeronie I anchored in 80 feet last year at Catalina Island off Southern California.
03-01-2006 06:46 PM
paulmcquillan Well it's not anchoring... But for one AC event they were setting racing bouys in 1,500 feet of water.

Lake Tahoe gets an even stranger setup -- large weight on the end of very long monofiliment line.
03-01-2006 03:02 PM
What's the deepest water you've ever dropped anchor in?

Off Spanishtown, Virgin Gorda (when I was much younger and could still get it up) with a little over 200 feet out in about 28-30 feet.

03-01-2006 02:08 PM
Originally Posted by administrator
recommended scope is 6:1, correct?
Ahem....yes, that is the recommendation....not at all what we had! Back in younger days when I didn't worry as much!

03-01-2006 01:58 PM
Originally Posted by Sailormon6
On July 29, 1956 Jacques Cousteau anchored Calypso in 7,500 meters of water (record). If I remember correctly, he used 3/8" line.

hope he had a windlass...
03-01-2006 12:10 PM
Sailormon6 On July 29, 1956 Jacques Cousteau anchored Calypso in 7,500 meters of water (record). If I remember correctly, he used 3/8" line.
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