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Old 30 June 2019, 14:35   #1
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Anchor recommendation pls

Hi All,

About to launch our RedBay Stormforce 7.4 (250 Suzuki) for her second summer in Co. Galway. What little anchoring we do, is off fine sand beaches (with rock & heavy weed). Last year, the supplied grapnel tended to drag around on the weed. So, looking to upgrade.

Welcome thoughts on the best anchor & chain (type & size).

Thanks in advance.

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Old 30 June 2019, 15:33   #2
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I have a 7.5kg CQR plough anchor with 6m of 10mm pump chain & 30m of 12mm anchor plait. Way over spec for what I need, but it’s served me well over 4 boats. Plenty of chain is the key. If I was buying the same again, the only thing I’d change is the chain, probably go for 8m of 8mm. The only reason I have the daft heavy pump chain is it was spare off a job & “laying around”
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I have a 7.5kg CQR plough anchor with 6m of 10mm pump chain & 30m of 12mm anchor plait. Way over spec for what I need, but it’s served me well over 4 boats. Plenty of chain is the key. If I was buying the same again, the only thing I’d change is the chain, probably go for 8m of 8mm. The only reason I have the daft heavy pump chain is it was spare off a job & “laying around”


Thanks Dave. How do you find storing it and lifting over the tunes?
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Have been impressed with my Bruce anchor in a range of seabed’s from sand/mud to shingle chain is key to getting it set right.

Not sure how heavy you would need for a 7.4m

https://www.marinescene.co.uk/manufa...bruce-anchors/

5kg might not be up to the job 7.5kg May be overkill sure they don galv ones as well if stainless is OTT

https://www.marinescene.co.uk/produc...hor-galvanised
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Thanks Dave. How do you find storing it and lifting over the tunes?
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It stores in the anchor locker ok, I put some rubber matting in the bottom to protect the hull from the anchor when it gets rough. I have reinforcement around the tubes at the bow so not a problem. You could have a mat that lays over the tubes to protect them when pulling the anchor up.
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It stores in the anchor locker ok, I put some rubber matting in the bottom to protect the hull from the anchor when it gets rough. I have reinforcement around the tubes at the bow so not a problem. You could have a mat that lays over the tubes to protect them when pulling the anchor up.


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Have been impressed with my Bruce anchor in a range of seabed’s from sand/mud to shingle chain is key to getting it set right.

Not sure how heavy you would need for a 7.4m

https://www.marinescene.co.uk/manufa...bruce-anchors/

5kg might not be up to the job 7.5kg May be overkill sure they don galv ones as well if stainless is OTT

https://www.marinescene.co.uk/produc...hor-galvanised


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So...

I carry a 10kg CQR and a 7.5kg Grapnel (c/w sh1t loada chains and many meters of warp)

but for your application I'm going to suggest you try a 5kg Bruce style (you can't buy an Original) with 10m of decent chain and whatever warp you fancy (can't beat P-D's plait).

The only anchor I actually regularly use is the one from my SIB, a 2.5kg Bruce knockoff on 12m of 8mm warp and some 4m of light chain. I use it to hold the 10m, 2.75t RIB during lunch breaks and photo sessions when over sand and mud in currents and waves. Bizarrely it hasn't let go yet....
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One thing to think about is how you are going to store the anchor. Make sure the anchor dimensions fit in your anchor locker.

Jimmy Green Marine has a good selection of anchors to browse at.
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Paul,

Whilst you plan to only anchor on nice sandy beaches, what happens if the boat breaks down and you are being swept towards a cliff?

There are a whole series of modern anchors which will out perform the likes of the CQR / Bruce, which are mostly copies etc. Whilst we have a yacht now the risk is just the same, although we could perhaps sail out to sea.

Storage needs thinking about and of course budget comes into play. So the new generation anchors available in the UK are likely to be:

Spade
Rocna
Manson Supreme
Mantus
Fortress
Kobra 2

The Spade, Mantus and Fortress will dismantle with the help of a spanner. After selling Old Spice which used a genuine Bruce and second Fortress we bought the yacht. On the yacht we ditched the CQR copy as rubbish and bought a Delta 10kg. That was upgraded to a 10kg Rocna 5 years ago. We also carry a FX16 spare anchor because it can be disassembled. Each manufacturer gives sizes for boat length but the Rocna website goes on to explain why and covers chain length. Whilst clearly biased to yachts and power boats carrying one good anchor and chain rope would be good advice. If you then chose a second smaller anchor to walk ashore and dig into the beach fine, but please carry one good anchor.

Steve (SV Panope) over on Crusiers Forum has done a huge amount of testing for no commercial benefit so worth watching his videos.

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