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Old 15 January 2002, 15:57   #11
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I have had very poor results using the grapnel anchors. I find then fine for small inflatables but have had them drag on my Ribcraft 4.8 when it gets a bit rough, and that was with 5 meters of chain !.

They are great for space and much better than nothing but they don't seem to bite into the bed much, especialy in sand or mud, fine on rock or weed though.

I now use a 3.5Kg Bruce with 5 meters of chain and have never had it move.
I moved to this after leaving the RIB at anchor one night in a bay to find it have moved best part of 100M over night and it was not that rough maybe F3.

The only problem is space as Bruce's does not fold and are quite big. The flat folding, danforth, type anchors like keiths pic also work much better than the Grapnel's.

I also still carry the 3Kg grapnel and use it on a very light, 6mm line when i want to anchor in a narrow bay and not swing round.

Also on triping lines, I keep away from them the worst case is you loose your anchor, but the nice floating marker looks just like a great place for someone else to tie upto for a few hours or more .

Call me pessimistic but its often a sequence of events which lead up to your anchor being the only thing between you and the rocks, and bad weather is likely to be of them.

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Old 16 January 2002, 12:11   #12
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Just found this on the web - shame there's no image available! - Made me laugh anyway!!!!


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(ps I was looking for an anchor at www.on-line-marine.com found in the directory of www.rib.net)

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Old 23 January 2002, 16:24   #13
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Hey, I've just checked out the Compas on-line thingy and found the folding grapnel. This is the one I'm going to get (plus chain and line).

Thanks Chaps

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Old 23 January 2002, 17:30   #14
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Just like the one I used to carry on my SIB's
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Old 23 January 2002, 17:32   #15
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Just out of interest - how long does in take you to get up to your place in Scotland?
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Old 24 January 2002, 04:23   #16
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Jahno - It is just about 500 miles from door to door and depending on time of day the journey takes 7-8 hours. A long journey but well woth the effort. We get up there at least 4 times a year.

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Old 24 January 2002, 14:58   #17
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Lovelly!!!

A bit far for the weekend though

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