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Old 11 February 2010, 04:23   #51
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its not a bad idea to mark the anchor line/chain with small ,,,tie wraps/cable ties ,,, say every 10 metres then it gives you an idea how much you have out ,,start with 1 tie for 10 meters then 2 ties for 20 metres and so on ,
I mark mine every 5m - that way I count the marks as I let them out and that is the number of meters of water I've laid sufficient scope for (at an arbitrary 5:1 ratio). Its not exactly rocket science to work out the depths/scope etc - but 4m of water = 4 marks on the rode avoids any though - and seems to make for better helm-crew (ie. marital!) communication!

I ended up using bits of rope (woven into the twist of the rope) rather than cable ties as I found the sharp corners on the ties were catching on things/fingers etc - but that might just be cheap b&q ties.
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Old 11 February 2010, 05:02   #52
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I mark mine every 5m - that way I count the marks as I let them out and that is the number of meters of water I've laid sufficient scope for (at an arbitrary 5:1 ratio). Its not exactly rocket science to work out the depths/scope etc - but 4m of water = 4 marks on the rode avoids any though - and seems to make for better helm-crew (ie. marital!) communication!

I found the sharp corners on the ties were catching on things/fingers etc - but that might just be cheap b&q ties.
I found that out too ,so i just leave them long now and dont snip them off short ,, i can feel and count them better in the dark too ,,,,, think that your way,,, to weave them into the twist of the ropes makes a better permanant idea as with some rope the ties can over time slide down with usage if run through a cleat or roller ,
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Old 11 February 2010, 09:11   #53
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Easy for me i pull the rope till i get to the chain I then know i have 6 mtrs to go.!
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I found that out too ,so i just leave them long now and dont snip them off short ,, i can feel and count them better in the dark too ,,,,, think that your way,,, to weave them into the twist of the ropes makes a better permanant idea as with some rope the ties can over time slide down with usage if run through a cleat or roller ,
Sailed on a charter yacht off Skye last year and they had a colour coding system using red white and blue cable ties that meant even for a seriously long chain you only needed a maximum of 3 ties at any one point.
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graplin anchor.

My opinion (and it only my opinion) these are PANTS..

only good for rocks and kelp, nice as a spare though
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Old 13 February 2010, 08:07   #56
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graplin anchor.

My opinion (and it only my opinion) these are PANTS..

only good for rocks and kelp, nice as a spare though
That's just what I was advised to buy - and told what most people are using on RIBs in the Solent!
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and told what most people are using on RIBs in the Solent!


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They are only really suited as lunch hooks IMO
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They are only really suited as lunch hooks IMO
i would agree BruceB ,they can be ok with plenty of chain and with certain boulder /crevice type bottoms but on flat scar or hard clay, shingle they ,,and i have observed this they can just tumble or skate along the bottom without getting a hold if there is a tide run on ,,,,if they made them with just 3 flukes instead of 4 that would over come it ,,the locking ring can also come loose which can then make it fold up on the sea bed too ,,even though the pull in effect should make it set ,,so make sure that the lock rings tight,,
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That's just what I was advised to buy - and told what most people are using on RIBs in the Solent!
Here's another that definately does NOT use a folding anchor; I too have seen how ineffective they are, close up I have seen them bouncing across a shingle sea bed, s--t myself cos I needed that boat at the end of the dive
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