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Old 08 December 2013, 03:00   #11
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Whilst the size and length of the chain used in the rode are important - the weight of an anchor is still fundamentally crucial to the ability of the anchor system to hold a boat in adverse conditions
I agree +1
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In order of importance I would suggest...

Anchor shape (ie type)
Length (and hence weight) of chain
Weight of anchor
Diameter/type of rode

But it's a bit academic because they all need to be right.

Could I suggest you imagine the engine cuts out, the wind blows you towards a rocky lee shore......

Now how good an anchor do you need?

I personally favour the Bruce type, comes out well in all the tests I have seen.

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Lots to consider! Sounds like ones choice of an anchor depends largely on what types of waters they navigate.
Exactly Alex - there is no "perfect" anchor.

Maybe check out this link for some basic info on anchors

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In order of importance I would suggest...

Anchor shape (ie type)
Length (and hence weight) of chain
Weight of anchor
Diameter/type of rode

But it's a bit academic because they all need to be right.

Could I suggest you imagine the engine cuts out, the wind blows you towards a rocky lee shore......

Now how good an anchor do you need?

I personally favour the Bruce type, comes out well in all the tests I have seen.

Good luck.

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I would add overall length of chain / warp deployed to that list.

I use 4x maximum depth on chain or 6 times maximum depth on chain / warp as a rule of thumb.

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I agree +1
I was told some years ago, 1kg per metre for weight of anchor, + 1 metre of 6mm chain per metre of boat, and you will not go far wrong irrespective of anchor type.

So for you 2.5 kg anchor and 5m of chain on the end of you rope should be sufficient
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Thank you all.

With this information I am now leaning towards a Bruce anchor (probably 11lbs or so) with about 15 ft of chain and over 50ft of rope.

I would have totally purchased the wrong thing without the help of this group. And previously I had no anchor at all, which could have been disastrous on a bad day.

Any suggestions for stowage - like an anchor bag and/or a spool for the rope?
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I require my boat to be waiting for me when I return from diving. You are talking way more anchor than I have (8lb), although I do carry 15ft of heavy chain, but I carry 320 feet of 3/8" rope. I struggled hard to decide on a Bruce vs a Danforth, but in the end the Danforth won, and I am glad as it rides perfectly in my milk crate.

Think more anchor rope. A little less chain would even be okay too.

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Thank you all.

With this information I am now leaning towards a Bruce anchor (probably 11lbs or so) with about 15 ft of chain and over 50ft of rope.

I would have totally purchased the wrong thing without the help of this group. And previously I had no anchor at all, which could have been disastrous on a bad day.

Any suggestions for stowage - like an anchor bag and/or a spool for the rope?
With that setup you should be ok anchoring in depths of up to 11 foot of water. If the water will be deeper than you will need more warp.

I store my anchor in a plastic crate.

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