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Old 01 October 2006, 17:34   #11
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How do you know if you have never used your Bruce.?
Somones sharp tonight, obviously not as much magners as me.
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Old 01 October 2006, 17:39   #12
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Anchors are generally really easy to break out once you apply a vertical pull on them - ie once the boat is vertiaclly above the anchor.
Shame you weren't with me to remove the danforth
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Thanks guys

I will be using a bruce with plenty of chain for the main anchor (as Jono suggests). In addition I will use a folding grapnel as a beach and back up anchor.
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Thanks guys

I will be using a bruce with plenty of chain for the main anchor (as Jono suggests). In addition I will use a folding grapnel as a beach and back up anchor.
thanx.
Exactly what I do.

I have however found that the grapnel is at its most useful when being used to smack a mackerel on the head-or to hold down a prawn trap.
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A colleague of mine went to St Helena (small British island just south of the equator) on holiday recently. They went fishing and this required anchoring in about 200m of water, apparently they have a really interesting way of recovering the anchor (it was a fairly small boat so no winch fitted). They feed the warp through ring attached to a large buoy, then tie it to the back of the boat and take off at full speed. The drag on the buoy is more than the force required to lift the anchor, so the anchor comes up, and eventually the chain pulls right up through the ring on the buoy and is left hanging through the ring. Once this has happened they just pull the warp in and then pull the chain aboard and recover the buoy and anchor. Quite ingenious I thought

I have just checked mine today and it has 10m of 6mm chain and 34m of warp so from what Jono says I think that should do me for most things I'll need.

Interesting anchor test here
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Allot of fisherman use this method in the UK.

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I use a big folding grapnel with no chain for normal anchoring - it is easy to use and will hold my 9m RIB reasonable well. I also carry a big Danforth with about 10m of very heavy chain for use in an emergency.

I like Bruce anchors but I intend to get a Delta because it will stow best in my anchor well - basically it's like a welded solid CQR.

I also carry a big sea anchor which is folded up and takes up very little space and weighs almost nothing - could be very useful one day!!!
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I like Bruce anchors but I intend to get a Delta because it will stow best in my anchor well - basically it's like a welded solid CQR.
I do a lot of anchoring. I'm very pleased with my Delta - a good all round anchor. Set it gently and I'm amazed how well it holds.

In the past, did a lot of anchoring in my heavy 38 ft ketch - like almost every day all season. Used a Danforth. In popular muddy anchorages we would watch CQR equipped boats dragging past us regularly. A CQR is a plough. Ask yourself, what do ploughs do? Designed as a seaplane anchor it was made popular in Scotland because its designer/manufacturer, Mr. Lawrence, or Mr. Simpson, I forget which, was a member of one or more of the top Clyde Yacht Clubs. The danforth, on the other hand, was an American design, I believe. No contest. Bit like Betamax and VHS.

Of course, I might be talking c**p. Oh! Yes. My spare was a 50lb. CQR.

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Well the Delta is the same shape as a CQR......
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As anyone come across an Anchor that looks like a 10kg Danforth in size, however is about 2kg? and cost about 150 - 200

Very easy to use and after all its the chain that needs the weight, not the anchor.

Zodiac supplied to jellis with the CZ7 and the Navy Seals use them?

I was most impressed
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