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Old 11 April 2012, 04:06   #1
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Hi

I have a bombard 380 and wandered what size / type of anchor people use?

Was going to order a folding grapnel type, but wanted what weight was the best to go for?

Thanks.....
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Old 11 April 2012, 04:39   #2
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A grapnel is useless in most circumstances - Go for a small bruce (2kg). Hold really well in most circumstances, small and compact and no nasty sharp bits to damage the tubes.
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Thanks - sounds like it makes sense - was looking at the grapnel one as looked a bit smaller, but now you mention it seem to remember trying to use them when fishing as a kid and not holding well, so will try a bruce.
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Old 11 April 2012, 07:07   #4
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I use a 2.5 kg Bruce and a 2.5 kg danforth (both copies) with 4m of chain on a similar sized boat and have never had problems with either.
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I think (small) SIB users need to consider what they want their anchor to do for them. Their requirements are probably a little different to RIB users...

My take on it is that you're not going to be out in stormy weather, given the capability of the boat. So in reality, you're probably needing something to hold the boat in a strong tide situation without a F8 complicating the equation. You will want to use the anchor on beaches and in sandy shallows, as a matter of course.

I use a 2.5kg Bruce and quite a bit of chain - 4m on a 2.7m SIB. I use a light line.

The thinking is:

1. Bruce is a good all-rounder
2. Bruce has no pointy bits
3. Bruce packs in neatly
4. Extra chain helps the anchor hold better
5. Extra chain gives useful weight in the bow
6. Light line means more length in the bag
7. Light line is OK, because I'm securing it to glued patches anyway

Whatever you get - go out and play with it, see how best to deploy it and how it sets and holds. That way, you'll be happy to use it when fishing, snoozing, off the beach, in trouble...

AND always always carry the anchor bag. It can stop a bad situation getting worse.
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I carry a hooker and throw the hooker overboard with chain attached to keep the hooker on the bottom. I have no love for the hooker, but I just wasn't attracted to Bruce.

With a 14' boat I have 15' of chain, which is rated heavier than what was suggested. The anchor rope I used is fairly light weight three strand, and I added simple length markers so a non boater can be told to put out 120' and they can then read 120'. The carabiner at the bow is what the anchor is tied off to. Make sure to use wire or something on any screw type links.

Okay so I have a Danforth Hooker. The milk crate holds it perfectly! It can not bounce out, and holds the anchor rope flaked in nicely.



I also wanted to use multiple points to attach the anchor to, so I built a harness.

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but I just wasn't attracted to Bruce.
...even though he packs in neatly?

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...even though he packs in neatly?



You can't beat the Danforth Hooker legs put through the holes of the milk crate. The hooker stays put in the roughest water. The front may bounce a little, but it just doesn't move, and can't rub on the tubes at all.

A Bruce would probably self deploy in my boat. They are great anchors and I went back and forth on which one to get. Rocky bottoms are prime territory for Bruce anchors.
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Old 11 April 2012, 17:13   #9
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i'm a bit concerned as i was advised to buy a bruce 2.5 with 3mtr chain (5.3 mtr rib) not been in a position to use and be reliant on it, any ideas what i should be using ?
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i'm a bit concerned as i was advised to buy a bruce 2.5 with 3mtr chain (5.3 mtr rib) not been in a position to use and be reliant on it, any ideas what i should be using ?
I would say a Bruce 5kg for your rib Shaun.
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