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Old 05 February 2016, 13:58   #1
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Need some advice on what type of anchor to buy for sib, will be using in estuaries and inshore waters.
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IMO - something small and easy to pack. I'd suggest a 2kg grapnel with around 5m of 6mm chain. Chain is often forgotten in the equation but does a lot of the work. This will pack into a very small bag or bottom of a kit box.

Ultimately, you are unlikely to be on the water in very poor conditions but might need to hold while fishing or relaxing - and worst case if the OBM failed.
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IMO - something small and easy to pack. I'd suggest a 2kg grapnel with around 5m of 6mm chain. Chain is often forgotten in the equation but does a lot of the work. This will pack into a very small bag or bottom of a kit box.

Ultimately, you are unlikely to be on the water in very poor conditions but might need to hold while fishing or relaxing - and worst case if the OBM failed.
Ive always found grapnel anchors useless, even with chain , something like Nylon Cooper Anchor - Cooper Anchors for jetskis, Kayaks, boats work well on most sea beds.
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Always used a grapnel on sib, packed it in a box and used in many different situations, plus the added benefit of no sharp added when flooded away!!
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I used to carry a grapnel on the sib, had it, along with 5m of chain, in an old plastic munitions container bought from the local military surplus shop.

Worked a treat around here. It does depend on teh sea bed but in the main will hold ok. A larger one in teh main anchor on the rib too.

Only carry the Bruce when leaving the vessel anchored and not being on board

Have a read of this - Different styles and Types of Anchors work differently. Choosing the correct anchor for your boat.
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Ive always found grapnel anchors useless, even with chain....
I have mixed feelings about them and I'm not going to dismiss your personal experiences but as you quote me in your post I'll explain my recommendation:

Small SIBs aren't the roomiest places and people can be a bit so-so when it comes to packing the gear - especially if "just going out to the yacht" or "over the bay to the beach". Additionally SIBs tend to be used in relatively calm water - the OP wants something for estuaries. My own take on it is that he's better with a grapnel that he always carries because it packs well than a pointy anchor that may be left ashore because it's an ass pain to sit with. My experiences with grapnels have been better than yours - having used 2.5-10kg units to hold 4-10m boats on a range of substrates and conditions. TBH, they've all held (one I didn't get back!) but I certainly wouldn't be relying on one for emergencies in storm conditions!

That said - I use a baby 1.5kg Bruce knockoff in my SIB rather than a grapnel but it does take up a bit more space and I believe it may actually be overkill.

Ultimately any anchor is better than no anchor (and soooo many small craft carry no anchor ) so whichever the OP goes for he should plan to make it a permanent feature in the pack list.
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