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Old 22 March 2007, 19:07   #11
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I've always used them, and not had any problems.

There are certainly better anchors available, but they're easy to stow and for occasional use they are OK. If you do get one though, make sure you use plenty of chain (I used 10m which did the job).

John
I don't think the chain will help much(except for some extra drag) - the purpose of the chain is to keep the pull horizontal - I tried it at low tide on the beach and the anchor was SO easy to drag - only 1 fluke ever sticks in the sand - try it - it's scary!!!
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Old 22 March 2007, 20:02   #12
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I use a folding grapnel for everyday use with just rope but it is next to useless - except off Worms head where it's rocky.
I've always used a 5kg grapnel & 5m chain with no problems on sand and rock. Bought a 5kg Bruce (copy) last summer and first time I used it, it grabbed a bunch of kelp and dragged like hell. It's been fine otherwise

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For emergency use I currently have a large danforth with heavy chain. That will soon change as I just bought a GENUINE unused Bruce anchor - 7.5kgs for 26 - quite a bargain.

I will prob use the danforth with just rope for every day use now. Then again I could probably use some sort of pole and just stick it in the ground!!!
Danforth seems to be the anchor of choice with local fishermen - ok if you've got space to store one.

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Have you seen they are actually starting dredging this week - something to do with the fact the harbour is almost unusable unless you have a hovercraft.....
The harbour entrance has really changed over the last few years. That used to be flat mud out there - it's like a big sand dune now! Due to lack of 'flush out' from the harbour to clear all the sand away.
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Old 22 March 2007, 20:12   #13
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The purpose of the anchour is to hold the chain and teh purpose of the chain is to take up th eslack whilst riding at anchour and thus it is the chain that does more work than the anchour.
If you are relying on the anchour to hold the boat and letting a mooring line go taught, the wave action on yanking teh boat will either break teh mooring line by snapping or else jerk the anchour causing "crabbing" of anchour to leeward.
With regard to Yachts which have more of a TUG jerk on the line due to weight and windage, the general rule when flaking out anchour chain is 3-5 times max depth (including Tide please). I would be inclined to leave 5, anymore than this is possibly being unkind to other neighbours.
Obviously one uses their common sense which is all to uncommon.
You do not do this under impending gale as you couldnt leave enough, you would need to find sheltered anchourage or in the case of bigger boats, head out to sea and ride it out.
In any event, there has been much written and more to come about this aspect of seamanship. Finally, ones choice of anchour depends very much on the type of floor. most boats shold accomodate for Sand and Rock (two different anchours, not at the same time). changing just the anchour with a maused or non loosening shackle. Aways have plenty of chain. It makes great ballast also and can be moved to suit boat ballast when required.
Finally, if using a collapsing anchour or grapnel type, do be careful when burying in sand that Barbs are not going to expose to people. It does not take but a small wave to wash one free or exposed.
The Sand plough (a small one with)"your same chain" is most useful for many of these uses.

Thats my lot (my experience is more to do with yachting than ribbing)
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Old 22 March 2007, 20:33   #14
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Who wrote that for you?
Or, have you had your spell-check repaired?
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