Join Date: May 2005
Thanked 26 Times in 25 Posts
Rep Power: 12
Re: Let's talk about anchors some more
hmmmmmm.........some like noelix77 need to remember, some of us with smaller boats do not know what windlass's are, so like JeffH mentiones, the "back" is what brings up the anchor and chain! So one trys the best they can to choose an anchor size that has enough sq footage/inches of face if you will, along with weight to hold the boat in a given condition they might be in. Which also says why many have 2+ anchors, usually of different styles/wts/etc so the types of soil/rock etc one has to anchor in, will be covered.
Not sure there is a right or wrong anchor, other than the wrong one is one that does not hold you, no matter the condition. Be it the operators fault for not setting it properly, not being able to set it, it not setting in the conditions it is in......many issues here, not just a weight issue frankly. As the aluminum fortress anchors hold better at half the wt of other anchors. BUT< they have a tendency to float/act like a fishing lure if you are moving due to wind, waves, current or equal and will not go down to the bottom as quick as a spade/claw or equal. Even steel danforth designs can float and not get you set if you need to get set NOW!
While it would be nice to have an assortment like mainsail, or test etc as he has done, one could use the recommendations by one chandelier I know of, ie 1 lb of anchor per foot in length, and 1 foot of chain per foot of boat length. Chain size is not speced, but most anchor manufactures will recommend a chain size for a given anchor, so use that or upsize one.
She drives me boat,
I drives me dinghy!