Originally Posted by Andy Moore
That's what the anchor is for.
A little-used auxillary can't be relied upon either. Plus, they look awful strapped to the back of a sexy looking RIB, I think.
Whilst I agree that auxiliaries can go wrong, you can't always rely on an anchor holding either.
Personally I think I am more inclined to agree with Nos. I like the idea of having an aux there ready to be lowered in case I need it (although I don't have one yet and have not decided if I will), with the anchor available as a last resort. there's no reason a little used but well maintained aux should not get you out of trouble if you need it. Especially if it is run for a few minutes at the start of every outing to check all is OK.
I think this one comes down to personal preference.
Oh, and not wanting to totally hi-jack Dave's thread - I can say from recent experience, you'll soon know if you made a good decision or not when you get out and open her up for the first time
Given the amount of people that have Opti's, it can't be a bad decision.