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Re: Let's talk about anchors some more
The cable part of your one example is interesting. I see this point, as with permanent mooring anchors, one has to be somewhat big, but usually a mushroom being buried to gain some additional power to hold. I can see where a smaller "something" at the anchor, will allow it to bury more, giving it some more holding power in some conditions like you describe. Where as the BIG 1/2" chain that Aaron is saying may/will not allow the anchor to bury as much, not allowing it to gain as much traction, hence needing bigger ground tackle to work!
Then again, being as some that can, will dive the anchor, dig it in as Aaron does in big winds will negate some of this thinking. BUT, still a different possibly better option for some that can not, nor have time to dive the anchor.
For what it is worth, used my new 9lb fastset, 5' of 3/8" bbb chain the other day while doing RC duty. Scope was 3-1 or there abouts depending upon the tide chainge over 2 hrs of dropping upwards of 3', winds typically 4-8, a couple of gusts to 10. Never moved! Unlike trying to set the 3'ish lb danforths for the buoy's.........what a PITA! Took three tries for both buoy's! meanwhile the fastset worked the first drop, as does my 17.5kg claw with 15' of 1/4"ht.
At the end of the day, as shown by many of the posts, one has to have multiple anchor/chain/rode options depending upon the anchor spot you are in, conditions etc.
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