Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Western NC
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anchor and rode
Hi there, I bought my dream boat last summer in SW Florida. It came with a 35 lb CQR w 10 feet of stainless chain and what looked like 150' of 5/8 double braid in marginal condition. Also has 35 lb Bruce with another 10' stainless chain and 150' three strand. Moved stainless chain to danforth stern anchor.
I left the Bruce the same but for the CQR I bought a 50' section of 5/16 ht and spliced on 150' 5/8 three strand. This will eventually be my secondary rode but all I could afford for now. It's also all I really need for our deepest anchorages in the SE like the other captain said, in around 25' water.
Also have FX 23 under port settee.
Is this sufficient for northern Bahamas? Maine? Chain is expensive, and I'd love to have at least 150' but $$ is tight and I don't want to buy enough chain for the pacific to rot in the chain locker while I anchor in 10-20' water until retirement.
Also have manual windlass which is not as easy as I thought. Singlehanding this summer I sailed into cape lookout late one night and anchored in a breeze. Somehow I totally blew it and anchored too close to a boat so had to get my gear up and reset. Not easy. I'm a 200 lb farmer, but by no means superman with my blown out disks. Amazing the difference in weighing anchor compared to my old 5 ton boat. I Guess the windage on top of extra weight adds to the load.
Curious about the muir windlass mentioned earlier in thread, I think. Can't reference thread on iPhone. Does it have more mechanical advantage than the stock lewmar?