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Old 29 August 2008, 04:26   #21
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I have a 10kg Grapple & only use it if my little 5kg Britany anchor fails to take! The Grapple has always taken hold but it is very heavy for every day use!
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Old 29 August 2008, 04:26   #22
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Reduce the resolution of your monitor then in 'windows' if thats what you use, that should help you to see text better, as it blows the picture up more ,.. or,. get a bigger monitor/screen,... Ive noticed that I've had to do this over the years but it does make it easier on the eyes
Cheers for that ,i will give that a go,,,,,,,,,,,,,,sometimes my eyes are better then other days ,ok today ,,,,,,,,gonna have another eye test,,,,,,,,,,proberly need stronger glasses
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Old 29 August 2008, 04:37   #23
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I used to have a grapnel on my Achilles 14'. 8 lb anchor and oh, 10' or so of 3/8" chain.

Went halibut hunting (over sand), dropped straight down from the boat to the bottom, and watched as the anchor sailed past leaving 2 nice little furrows in the sand.

No grapnels for me.

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i must admit mine only proberly holds as ive a small sib compared to your one ,so its gonna be different senarios for each of us
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Old 29 August 2008, 08:31   #24
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I've been happy with my 6 kg bruce anchor so far. It has held my boat solidly against some stiff winds in spots with substantial currents and very soft, mud bottoms.
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Old 29 August 2008, 11:38   #25
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i must admit mine only proberly holds as ive a small sib compared to your one ,so its gonna be different senarios for each of us
Well, there's a lot of variables in play here. Even deifferent types of sand may determine whether an anchor holds or drags (and that's just one type of bottom) so you can see how many variations you're looking at.

I'm not one to tell someone else what to use, but my experience is that, for what I do (offshore anchoring for diving, with noone left on the boat, usually in sand, boulder or rock bottoms) the grapnel is worse than useless: it's dangerous. It drags in sand, and may become hopelessly snagged in boulder and rock, requiring a retrieval dive (and yes, this is despite using the trip line.)

I currently use a small Danforth knock-off, I think it's 8lbs, on my 18' RIB. I have a 5# (I think) Bruce knock-off (that the builder supplied) as a second hook. Both have about 20' of 5/16" chain, primary with 400' rode, backup with 200'. Neither of these are reported to be very good in grassy bottoms, but I don't have that type around where I dive, so that's not really an issue. The Danforth rarely fails to set (though it can be a pain to free from rock every now and then, and it tends to snag every stalk of kelp around). The Bruce knock-off works well, but is a bit small (I think) for a primary anchor. If I could find a supplier of small genuine Bruce products, I would probably get the small one to replace it.

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Well I have 3 anchors + drift sock.
1. Hooker 15lb + 6' 3/8 chain for the big lakes. Holds boat with wind speed 25km/h and gasps up to 35km/h (could be more but do not want to try )

2. Folding 5lb anchor + 4' 1/4 chain for small lakes and calm weather.

3. Recently purchased Mushroom Anchor as an alternative to a folding anchor for weed beads.

4. Drift sock
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Old 31 August 2008, 07:38   #27
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Some very intresting infomation there gentlemanm ,food for thought
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Old 31 August 2008, 13:44   #28
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Never mind anchors, I want to know how to make a post like dim's with piccies and words mixed
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Old 31 August 2008, 14:06   #29
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Never mind anchors, I want to know how to make a post like dim's with piccies and words mixed
the images are not saved on the Ribnet server so are inserted using the "Insert Image" button (looks like mountains with a cream/yellow background) on the edit task bar rather than the attach file button (which looks like a paperclip)
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Old 31 August 2008, 15:00   #30
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Ah, I see .. thanks Polwart
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