My boat is a Oday 30 and weighs about 12,000 lbs wet. My anchor rode is like 7/8"! and it's that stiff nylon 3 strand which I hate! or should I just buy a new rode? 100ft should be more then enough. I'm thinking 7/16" or 1/2" ?
The tidal Delaware has a deep shipping channel, but it's ok to and often deep enough to drop the hook outside the channel. Trouble is, the flow is always 6-8 knots. It's real chore to drop the hook and even more so to pull it up. I do belong a network of yacht clubs of which I can use the facitilties if the timing is right. But that doesn't really help me if I need to stop quick.
and I do need to master this technique anyway.
So, I'm wondering how others manage to stop for an hour or so when you have to drop a hook in strong current? I've heard mention of "lunch anchor" in other postings.
I don't think dropping a small anchor off the transom is a going to work. I have thought of dropping the hook off the transom and using a line to pull it back from the bow when it's time to pull it. Possibly i could use one of the Primary winches to do the work? sounds awful messy
No I don't have an electric anchor winch.
it's on the wish list!
Thanks everyone for all the help as always!