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Referring to what the original poster said..

"my main halyard is new 5/8" braided nylon"

It should not be 5/8" on a 30' boat and never nylon. 3/8" Sta-set polyester or similar is a much better choice.
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A friend used 2 similar small boats (skiffs or dinghys, for instance). He set them a coule feet apart and ran a beam across the midpoint of both boats, out 6 inches beyond the outside edge of each boat.

Then he tied the anchor to the center of the beam at low tide.

Tide rose and he pulled the anchor out to where he wanted it.

That was a 400 pound mushroom. You only have to get the anchor out to a tidal area. Drive it out at low tide.

I didn't see it but from what he said, it seems to work well.

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if you are in doubt about the steel drum, use 2 drums. That'll support the weight for sure.

Depending on your needs and region, it might be possible to scuttle the drum(s) with the anchor. Or just tow it back.
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Hey, maybe see you in May after Oregon Offshore. I will be on the big blue 70 footer called Rage.

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"my main halyard is new 5/8" braided nylon"

It should not be 5/8" on a 30' boat and never nylon. 3/8" Sta-set polyester or similar is a much better choice.
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1 gallon of water weighs 8.35 lbs
So a 55 gallon drum when submerged displaces 55 gallons of water. Which means it takes 55x8.35 = 459.25 lbs to submerge the barrel. I would go with 400 lbs for a 55 gallon drum, because this calculation does not take into account the weight of the drum.

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i like the drum idea, is a 55 gallon drum enough to float a 350 lb anchor???
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I pulled my Atomic 4 with my rigging and it was about that weight. I took the hallyard down to the mid boom and attached a come along to the hallyard for better control. The important thing is to use the boom only to push the hallyard outboard not jhold any load. If you attach the hallyard to the boom then the load to the boom you'll break the boom. In your case I think you might be able to do it with a spinnaker pole and jib hallyard but it would be problematic landing the load on you foredeck, whereas with the boom you could land it in your cockpit.
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"1 gallon of water weighs 8.35 lbs"
Bear in mind, fresh versus salt and the spread in between.
Math Forum - Ask Dr. Math comes up with 8.34 pounds, more or less, at standard temperature and pressure (20C or 74F) for fresh water. That increases to about 8.57 pounds at 4*C.
Typical ocean salt water, about 8.55 pounds to start with. Not huge differences, but over 50-100 gallons they will add up.
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At 10 lbs our gallons are even heavier.
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Referring to what the original poster said..

"my main halyard is new 5/8" braided nylon"

It should not be 5/8" on a 30' boat and never nylon. 3/8" Sta-set polyester or similar is a much better choice.
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5/8" is massive, and nylon stretches way to much to be useful as a halyard.
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