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Old 20 April 2004, 06:23   #11
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It really does depend on what you can stow. I found that my achor locker will take my 5kg Bruce anchor several metres of chain and 50m of 12mm rope plus a few odds and sods with a bouy clipped on top of the locker. that should be enouh for my size of boat and is neatly and easily accessed.

ps I got out in pretty rough weather too, if I waited for calm conditions I would never get out
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Old 20 April 2004, 07:39   #12
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How many people have really tried their gear? I'm afraid that a lot of people may get a nasty shock! I bought a new boat a couple of years ago, it came with a 12Kg CQR type (a copy) 8m 6mm chain and I have miles of 16mm polyprop (it's cheap and I had it). On a 22' seaworker it won't hold the boat in more than a force 4 on a weedy rocky bottom, and is basically useless in anything except soft mud. Not trying to put anyone off CQR's especially as I'm now using a different 15Kg copy which is much better, just trying to point out that what looked like adequate ground tackle is practically useless!

The boat also came with a 0.6m diameter sea anchor, tried that in a force six and it's not big enough to hold the boat head to weather. Try your gear in a safe place in a lot of wind!
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Old 20 April 2004, 09:25   #13
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I'm now using a different 15Kg...
I take it you've got a winch for that! What's the weight of your Seaworker?
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Old 20 April 2004, 11:01   #14
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As it happens i specifically go out in these conditions. Not to be an arse, not to anoy coastguards and not really to end up having to anchor a few hundred metres form a lee shore but because i've got a boat that is up to it and it's fun and demanding, mentally and physically.
At my station at least, we do not have a problem with people going out in these conditions, as long as they are prepared for it.

As it happens my usual crew (wife and kids) would not thank me, nor would my casual crew that I pick up every now and then (coastguards). Can you imagine the embaresment of being out when the weather is not very nice, having a problem on the boat and needing rescue or assistance from the coastguard or RNLI.
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Old 20 April 2004, 15:19   #15
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Seaworker weighs about 2 tonnes, but has high windage forward, and no winch! Don't anchor very often! Should have said that I carry a 15Kg anchor, not that I use it.....
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