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Re: Another anchor thread
Weight wise I think 45# is about right, but you didn't mention chain size. I'm sure after all these years you know my feelings on primary anchors, so I'll not repeat it once again. However, I have no idea what you would use the 9# anchor for except possibly your dinghy. For the 35' Island Packet I'd suggest around 200 feet of ˝" chain if you want the 9 pounder to be useful for anything other than wrapping around a tree or between boulders for Med mooring.
Personally, I would rather a Fortress than a steel Danforth as my #2. It breaks down into a pretty manageable size and has an immense amount of holding power for its weight. They can usually be picked up used for only a bit more than a steel anchor, so just look around. The nice part of the Fortress is that they are 100% guaranteed, so if you bend a fluke, you just get a replacement and you are back in business.
Good luck with your new boat and perhaps we'll see you in an anchorage down this way someday soon.
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