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Old 22 November 2005, 14:34   #21
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On the Pac ? or were you sailing Des?

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Old 22 November 2005, 14:40   #22
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On the Pac ? or were you sailing Des?

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On the Pac I was interested in these because if you do get an engine failure where it is too deep to anchor you are at the mercy of the wind the Pac just goes round and round With a sea anchor it gives you some control until you can anchor or repair the boat Des
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Old 22 November 2005, 14:43   #23
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Well if they will hold a Pac I guess they will hold most things (even with us on board ).

I have thought about getting one for the very situation you describe. Losing the engine in open sea (& big seas) worries me at times. Not a big fan of flooding Ribs

Cheers Des!
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Old 22 November 2005, 14:49   #24
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this one 25 ish Des
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Old 22 November 2005, 14:52   #25
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Cool dude.

It just looks so flimsy.

But then Yotties always carry them. (Said with great respect ! )

I am convinced. Could be a useful piece of kit if only for peace of mind.

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Old 22 November 2005, 14:59   #26
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I have a sea anchor, which I mostly use as a prop bag.

There is a 10kg CQR somewhere in the bilge and a small grapnel, both have almost enough chain.

One idea. If you find you do not have enough chain, you can always stick a weight on the warp to keep some of it on the bottom.
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Old 22 November 2005, 16:56   #27
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I use a lightweight Fortress FX7 anchor, 30 feet of chain, 150 feet of anchor rope.

It's Danforh style, but about half the weight

Experience so far is it seems to hold well and not too bad to handle
I have also used a fortress with success for both a sailing boat and rib,I also got a copy for very little money from a boat jumble that seemed to work well.
I used them with a small size chain and no warp though,as I had trouble setting the fortress occasionally with 10 feet of chain and warp.
The fun thing with the fortress is when you toss it over the side,it appears to fly to the bottom .
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Old 23 November 2005, 03:30   #28
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I carry Danforth and Grapnel and sea anchor
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Old 23 November 2005, 04:39   #29
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Whatever you carry it needs to be ready for immediate use - if the s***t hits the fan one needs to have the option to be able to apply the handbrake immediatly without searching around for it!
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The Fortress is probably the ultimate for a RIB but there is no way I would spend that sort of money on something you may have to leave on the seabed!!!
I mostly boat for diving. Occasionally, I need to be able to get the boat moving quickly while anchored (drifting divers, medical emergency, etc.)

One little trick that comes in very handy is to have a float and a quick release of some sort at the bitter end of the rode. If you have to get going, simply untie (or uncleat) your rode from the boat, disconnect the bitter end, and toss the whole mess overboard. Tend to business, and come back later to retrieve.

This also works for non-divers who foul their hooks on the bottom: Leave the anchor and rode, and go looking for a diver to unsnag it for you.

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