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Old 13 July 2019, 08:16   #1
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Anchor swap??

I have a 6kg grapnel anchor with 4m of 10mm chain. 1st meter is stainless the 3 further meters are just zinc plated.

I brought it from a car boot, but in hindsight its far too much for my boat. I only have a 3m SIB, so I think a 2kg anchor would be more the correct size that I need. The first time I used this it felt like I was hauling up the seabed!


So - does anyone need a bigger anchor and want to swap? I am in Leicester, but don't mind driving to collect within the east mids. I travel to Lincoln for work every day.



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Old 13 July 2019, 09:42   #2
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I have a 6kg grapnel anchor with 4m of 10mm chain. 1st meter is stainless the 3 further meters are just zinc plated.



I brought it from a car boot, but in hindsight its far too much for my boat. I only have a 3m SIB, so I think a 2kg anchor would be more the correct size that I need. The first time I used this it felt like I was hauling up the seabed!





So - does anyone need a bigger anchor and want to swap? I am in Leicester, but don't mind driving to collect within the east mids. I travel to Lincoln for work every day.









Just FYI, grapnel anchors are a waste of space/money/time/metal. Yes you need a smaller anchor, but a completely different type. Plenty of info on here regarding anchors, including a currently running thread.
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Just FYI, grapnel anchors are a waste of space/money/time/metal. Yes you need a smaller anchor, but a completely different type. Plenty of info on here regarding anchors, including a currently running thread.
Thanks. My understanding was that they weren't briliant in any one situation, but were more of an all rounder. Whereas an anchor designed for sand or soft mud, won't be much good on rocks.
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Yep shite anchor only time I use one is to hold the boat next to the shore in calm sea whilst I take the trailer back they fold up whilst deployed and won't hold on to anything for long.
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I admit theyíre rubbish but dead easy to stow under the seat of an SR 4 and throw overboard while you eat your sandwiches.
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If Mrip23 is reading this - thatís the anchor under the seat so donít trust it! Unless youíre just having lunch.
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The first time I used this it felt like I was hauling up the seabed!
OK - who's gonna tell him that when he uses a proper anchor he will REALLY know what hauling up the sea bed feels like !
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Thanks. My understanding was that they weren't briliant in any one situation, but were more of an all rounder. Whereas an anchor designed for sand or soft mud, won't be much good on rocks.
All rounder gives them credit for being reasonably good at everything... Whereas there is certainly a school of thought that you might as well shove out a 6kg (or 2kg if that's your preferred weight) kettle bell!

A grappy that hooks well on rocks and stays hooked and never needs to reset, will hold you. But you can get any anchor to do the same. Folding anchors risk folding when unhooked and so not rehooking.

Grappy's are even less functional in mud.

Something "plough shaped" (claw, cqr) it probably the best compromise shape but harder to stow.

I'd be interested in UK experience of cooper anchors - lightweight nylon anchors for boats like yours.

I think most people compromise the plough shape for fortress Danforth shapes to be able to stow them. They work ok on soft stuff and probably no worse on rocks than a grappy but have the same resetting themselves issues. If they fold flat they don't! They look easier to stow than they actually are!

As for galvanised to stainless to galvanised... Does that create a nice 🔋
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