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Old 22 March 2007, 07:33   #1
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Anchor - type and size

Might have been covered before .... but ...

I got a 2kg bruce anchor with my rib (Zodiac Pro open 550) which to my mind is too small for anything apart from a temporary hold. So i intend to buy a bigger item so I can moor safely when neceesary, and keep the smaller one on board for emergencies, when the larger one is in use.
I was thinking of a 5kg bruce. Would this be sufficient?
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A 5kg would be fine but remember to use some chain as well.

You might wish to look at the Delta anchor - basically it's a CQR with a welded shank - no pivot. Only problem with the Delta is the cost but there is a solution.

This company sells the Delta and they have just started importing a copy which is a 1/3 the price. Doesn't look as good but will work the same.

http://www.boatgeardirect.co.uk/id14.html
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Old 22 March 2007, 14:06   #3
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Has any one tried the folding grappling anchors? If so what are your thoughts for holding power and suitability for a 6.5M.
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Do not waste your time and money. They are not anchors just hooks. However, I used to use one to stern anchor off a beach, but you have to dig a hole and bury it to make it work. Small and handy, as a back up, but no good for proper anchoring.
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Do not waste your time and money. ....
....except on rocks and wrecks... they hold just fine then.. but recovering them can be a tad tricky.. even with a tripping line.
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Has any one tried the folding grappling anchors? If so what are your thoughts for holding power and suitability for a 6.5M.
In sand I can drag my 10lb folding anchor with ONE hand - really suprised just how bad it is - having said that though it will hold the RIB for fishing etc in reasonable conditions. As Jono says on rock etc they can grip VERY well and they are also good in kelp etc. To be honest I would stay away from them. The Delta looks the best all rounder to me.
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Codprawn - What anchor do you use in the Burry Inlet?
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I like the look of these http://www.hydrobubble.com/ , never tried one but they came top in sailing boat magazine test a while back.

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Do not waste your time and money. They are not anchors just hooks.
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).

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Codprawn - What anchor do you use in the Burry Inlet?
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.

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!!!

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.....
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