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Effect of shifting weight

Another newbie question! Bubblehead mentioned removing excess weight in another thread, so naturally, an LED light bulb went off after that comment.

I have stripped down as much non-essential gear as possible on my boat. However, I do have two danforth anchors that (fortunately) I have yet to use. One is on the bow pulpit, the other on the stern pulpit. I am thinking of removing them from the pulpits, and finding a way of securing them centered on the boat down in the cabin. Will this have a positive effect on performance? If so, is it worth moving the anchors at all?

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I am a firm believer that am anchor is a safety item ! One that should never be overlooked ! Readily available to use in case of going aground ,,
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Re: Effect of shifting weight

It should help in choppy conditions. Most race rules call for anchors and that required equipment be stored in their normal position. That would allow you to remove the stern anchor,but the bow anchor would need confirmation from the class measurer.

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Re: Effect of shifting weight

Some class rules also require you have a full compliment of cruising gear right down to the number of plates and cutlery. One of the classes I race in has this rule though they don't have lifelines or stanchions so they can trim to a better sheeting angle and a teritary benefit is there is less drag if the rail is buried. They usually do put them back on if going cruising.
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Re: Effect of shifting weight

I have been in races where the wind died and we had to drop anchor because the current was taking us away from our next mark. If you do remove it from the pulpit, make sure you have it somewhere that allows easy access if you need it.
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Re: Effect of shifting weight

Very few racers that I know carry their anchor on the bow. Not only is it the worst place to have the weight, but it also tends to snag and rip spinnakers. There is no rule that I know of that dictates where you must carry your anchor, only that you have one on board.

Excessive weight in the ends of the boat tends to cause the boat to "hobby horse" Through waves, and there are other weight balance considerations depending on your specific boat.
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Re: Effect of shifting weight

Are you racing? If no, don't worry about it.
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Re: Effect of shifting weight

Forgive me for even thinking about this but since the OP did say Danforth and a Danforth has those nice big flat flukes on it...

Logically, why couldn't you drill the plates out like swiss cheese, cutting out maybe 20% of the metal and still having an anchor that worked exactly the same way, by digging in the flukes? Coupla pounds off the boat, fast job in any machine shop.

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Re: Effect of shifting weight

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Are you racing? If no, don't worry about it.
Obviously, but he is asking the question in the Racing Forum....
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Re: Effect of shifting weight

I am not racing, but I want to pass some boats!
Sorry if I posted in the wrong forum.
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