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Problems Sizing Ground Tackle for 50' , high windage cat

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I can't seem to find exactly what I'm looking for.

I've decided on an 80lbs Manson Supreme anchor.

On the other end of things, I strongly prefer a manual windlass. The Lofrans Manual Windlass has served me well on 2 previous boats.

The largest it accepts 3/8" HT chain, which has a working load limit of 5400lbs.

The 3/4" dock lines for this boat have a wll of 17,000lbs.

I can source anchor shackles of up to 14,000lbs.

So the windlass is severely limiting my anchoring strength by limiting my chain size.

What should I do?

I cannot afford, nor do I even like powered windlasses .

I live at anchor through named storms and severe thunderstorms and prefer to be safe.
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For a catamaran, the bridle/snubber is a vital part of system, and will keep the load reasonable. More than monos, there is a temptation to anchor in shallow water, without a lot of chain out, and the surges can be brutal. Make it long ( greater than the beam) and not too heavy (1/2-inch may be right, and carry a spare).

If the snubber is working right you can never approach the chain WLL.

And I would get the electric windlass. Many have a manual back-up if you are concerned about failure (most failures are switches and happen at random, not during storms).

An a good stopper, even though you will have a snubber.
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