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Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   06-27-2013
Replies: 63
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Posted By Brent Swain
Re: Anchor Setting Woes

I use only about 15 feet of chain outside coral latitudes and have had no reason to change. It has worked for me for the last 40 years of mostly full time cruising. One advantage of using less chain...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   06-27-2013
Replies: 63
Views: 6,469
Posted By MarkofSeaLife
Re: Anchor Setting Woes

My boat is a Beneteau 393, 39 feet, 11.62 m, 7.5 tons light and 8.5 tanked.

the chain is 10mm wich is similar but not exactly 3/8th inch. I dont know what standard or Proof coil are... but its the...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   06-27-2013
Replies: 63
Views: 6,469
Posted By theonecalledtom
Re: Anchor Setting Woes

Its important to dance when finally done. Better than hand signals. You may choose a dance move of your own please don't use mine it may cause confusion.

More seriously ditto on the chill out...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   06-26-2013
Replies: 63
Views: 6,469
Posted By bobnpaula
Re: Anchor Setting Woes

We are on the Chesapeake, have a CQR with all chain rode (120 feet?) , use only hand signals, and generally 5:1, going to 7:1 if stronger winds expected. Agree with the statements that anchoring is...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   06-26-2013
Replies: 63
Views: 6,469
Posted By paperbird
Re: Anchor Setting Woes

Lots of good advice. To emphasize a couple points:

Danforth is fine for the Chesapeake. We anchored for years with one all over the Bay with no issues. And without all chain. On boats ranging...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   06-26-2013
Replies: 63
Views: 6,469
Posted By Alex W
Re: Anchor Setting Woes

I do think you can have too much chain and too much anchor weight. When it becomes unmanageable and is no longer providing additional necessary holding then you have too much. I feel good with a...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   06-26-2013
Replies: 63
Views: 6,469
Posted By chef2sail
Re: Anchor Setting Woes

To say there is no better anchor than a Danforth, even for the Chesapeake goes against all tests done by Practical Sailor, Mantus and even our own MaineSail'. It simply isn't so. The " new gen"...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   06-26-2013
Replies: 63
Views: 6,469
Posted By BubbleheadMd
Re: Anchor Setting Woes

A danforth is fine for 95% of the Chesapeake.

Assuming your boat is 30 feet, I'd swap out your 30 feet of chain for a heavier size of chain. Have a section of chain rode that is at least as long...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   06-26-2013
Replies: 63
Views: 6,469
Posted By xort
We cruise full time and live on the anchor most...

We cruise full time and live on the anchor most of the time.
I have had to anchor in 4:1 in tight spaces with strong tidal changes twice a day. Anchored in many 'soft mud' bottoms.

Chain helps,...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   06-26-2013
Replies: 63
Views: 6,469
Posted By Yorksailor
Re: Anchor Setting Woes

Your problems are easy to fix...Get a real anchoring system!

Get a decent sized Rochna (one size bigger that advertised) and 100 ft of chain. Drop rochna and slowly let out 4 to 1 scope of chain,...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   06-26-2013
Replies: 63
Views: 6,469
Posted By jameswilson29
Re: Anchor Setting Woes

You don't state what kind of boat you have, but I will assume you have the average 30-35 sailboat. I will also assume you have the typical fin keel underbody configuration, which will sail from side...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   06-26-2013
Replies: 63
Views: 6,469
Posted By chef2sail
Re: Anchor Setting Woes

Beleive or not the Chesapeake has many many varied varieties of bottoms.
For instance the Chester River has at least three. Greys Inn Creek is hard clay under small amount of mud, Corsica is dark...
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