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Old 20 September 2014, 03:56   #11
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Has anyone used a grapnel with success? I like how easily they can be stored & don't have sharp points!
Surely they can't be that bad, they seem to sell well!
If you never leave the boat unattended, and never have to rely on an anchor to keep you offshore, then sure a grapnel will work. On the other hand if you boat on an ocean with shores you can not get washed ashore on, then you need a real anchor.
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Old 20 September 2014, 04:02   #12
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It would only ever be for fishing from the boat. It's a 3.8m sib so storage is at a premium! I don't have room from 2 anchors so need an all rounder. I fully understand that the danforth is the better anchor but if it snags I'm goosed! I'm currently making a storage box for underneath my the front bench seat. I could probably just get a 4kg danforth in.
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Old 20 September 2014, 04:10   #13
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What anchor??

Just for fishing & with a decent length of chain attached i dont see a big problem & you have sensibly rigged them looking at your 1st photo with cable ties in trip mode which gives you a better chance of recovery should they get stuck , but You could always join/link both grapples together in tandem , i knew a neighbour who had a small yacht who did that with his 2 Grapples for added security if he ever wanted to anchor & go ashore for a few hours .
He used to keep them sleeved inside some cutoff lengths of plastic drain/fall pipe .
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Old 20 September 2014, 04:37   #14
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It would only ever be for fishing from the boat.
its not an anchor is an essential piece of safety equipment. A grapnel is fine for "a spot of lunch" or "fishing" but if the shit's hitting the fan you might be wishing for something more trustworthy. I've used grapnels on small boats and they are not absolutely useless, but I have a 3.9m boat and chose not to buy a grapnel.
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I fully understand that the danforth is the better anchor but if it snags I'm goosed!
why is it any worse if the danforth snags than the grapnel?
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Old 20 September 2014, 04:44   #15
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What anchor??

If your worried You can still rig a Danforth so it will trip out & come out backwards if it gets stuck most i have seen have another hole & its easy to drill one out to take a small shackle if it hasn't one .
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Old 20 September 2014, 05:27   #16
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I use a 4kg grapnel on a 3.3 meter Rib it seems to do the job for fishing but I have never used it in a strong current as I only go on Windermere. But it holds well in a decent wind.
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Old 20 September 2014, 06:07   #17
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I favor Bruce type anchors and use them on all my boats and a 1Kg will do the job for you Sib
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5kg for 6 metre rib (also have a 2kg which will hold!)
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1kg for 3.8 metre sib

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Old 20 September 2014, 12:51   #18
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I should have added that I only use the grapnel when I'm in the boat for fishing over rocky ground. The Danforth is used if I want to leave the boat. Both are in the boat.
Sorry if I gave a wrong impression, that wasn't the intention.
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If your worried You can still rig a Danforth so it will trip out & come out backwards if it gets stuck most i have seen have another hole & its easy to drill one out to take a small shackle if it hasn't one .

We'll I didn't know that, interesting!
Also if such a low weight Bruce will do the trick (which also looks to be able to accommodate a break-out rig) then that could be the answer, easy to store, good hold, no pointy bits and lightweight!

Thanks chaps
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