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denise; re anchor and rode
i also have an O'Day 30. i have a 25# standard danforth w/6' of chain and 1/2" laid line. 100' of rode isn't enough. there will be times when you will have to anchor in deeper water or high winds. a few years ago at the annapolis boat show we had to anchor in 40 plus feet with a 30 knot wind blowing, i was glad we had that 200' of rode. this means that in high wind or current situations and you want to have a 10/1 scope you can't anchor in more than about 10' of water. 200' of rode is the minimum i would consider adequate. 9/16" or 5/8" line i don't think is overdoing it. i prefer the laid line as it has better stretch characteristics than the others for shock absorption. with this setup we have never drug anchor in 19 yrs of sailing this boat. we even didn't drag when we encountered a tornado in fairlee creek one night about 10 yrs ago with wind speeds in excess of 125knots.
as to a lunch hook we keep a small 10# danforth w 100' of 3/8" line. in the anchor locker to the side of the main anchor. plenty of room for both. BTW make sure the bitter ends of both are tied off to the eye in the locker. don't want to accidentally have either go completely overboard.
anchor rode can be easily cleaned up by a little dish washing liquid and just hosing it down while its still in the locker. i do this a couple times a season. besides you want to make sure that the drain for the locker is kept clear of any mud, leaves, grass or whatever. we found out about this the hard way once in some very big seas that were breaking over the bow. locker completely filled with water and overflowed into the v berth. a wet berth isn't a comfy berth.
P.S if the anchor is difficult to pull, just bring the boat up to as short a scope as practical, maybe 2/1, cleat it off, then just yank it out with the iron gennie. works like a charm. we've been doing it for years.
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Last edited by capnjim02; 08-13-2007 at 09:01 AM.