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Personally, I'm not convinced that the 3-anchor method is bad, but you end up spending more than if you just went with a properly sized mushroom anchor. That's because each anchor and it's chain of sufficient scope has to hold the boat all alone, and will hold the boat all alone, depending on where the wind is coming from. Then add to the 3 big anchors and 3 chain rodes the cost of shackles and a big swivel and you get a cost greater than using a single mushroom anchor.
I'm still contemplating a 3-BIG-anchor approach and even bought several 100 pound anchors for that purpose a year ago. Looking at the anchors though, I'm not sure I trust them -- Chinese made, and if even only one fails you are in a heap of trouble.
Hope that helps. Unless you are very prepared to make a big beefy strong expensive no-holds-barred 3 anchor approach, go for a mushroom anchor like everyone else does. Just my humble opinion, and my lawyer wants me to add that you should not follow any of my advice since I'm not an expert.
Oh yes, and there are some good books on anchoring out there.
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Last edited by Bene505; 10-30-2009 at 06:46 PM.