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Old 09 September 2004, 09:07   #11
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I tend to use the grapnel when in shallow water (2-5mtr)so see no need for miles of chain; it will only end up getting snagged. My boat is around 2 tons and my 10kgs grapnel holds it just fine.
The MCA guidelines for coding for a 6 metre vessel are: "10 metres of chain or 20% of the minimum required cable length (whichever is the greater) of chain between the anchor and the rope".
These are general guide lines and not specifically for ribs. Compared to a lot of boats, ribs have almost no air drag (freeboard+cabin) and will tend not to yaw as badly as a yacht and for that matter donít have a mast and rigging increasing windage so 10mtrs of chain is probably over the top.

I suppose that if you were wreck diving or deep sea fishing miles of chain would be useful but around the UK coast Iím not sure, you can carry too much stuff. Having said that I have been experimenting with sea anchors and found that 1 ton dumpy bags are really good .

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Old 09 September 2004, 09:11   #12
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I also have a large Grapnel which is OK BUT kneads 10 M of chain to do the same job as the Danforth.
"As you say it would only be for short stops and emergency use and think its the "In an emergency you want something that is going to do its job!
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Thats a lot of chain I think it going to be find a better way to store existing for now.
Have done more detailed search now (promise i did look first) thanks for the link Rich L (by the way how do you do that link thing) and got lots to look at.
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Old 09 September 2004, 09:47   #13
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Thats a lot of chain I think it going to be find a better way to store existing for now.
Have done more detailed search now (promise i did look first) thanks for the link Rich L (by the way how do you do that link thing) and got lots to look at.
Sound a lot but when I have used it with 5 M of chain I have had to go chasing after the boat as it drifts off!
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thanks for the link Rich L (by the way how do you do that link thing)
Go to the page you want to link, copy (highlight & right click) the URL from the address bar. Go to the message you want to reply to, open up a reply message in the normal way and click on the "insert hyperlink" icon. Paste the URL & OK it. Thats how I do it anyway!
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Old 09 September 2004, 09:58   #15
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Sound a lot but when I have used it with 5 M of chain I have had to go chasing after the boat as it drifts off!
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Thatís interesting nick how are you using your anchor?
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This was in salcombe harbor just of the beach with wind & tide working to gether, ended up using some diving weight to keep it put!
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This was in salcombe harbor just of the beach with wind & tide working to gether, ended up using some diving weight to keep it put!
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How much line did you have out? Des
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Hum this was about 4 years ago!
But I would have had the 5 M of chain + 5 M of rope in about 3' to 4' of water!
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I keep seeing weighted anchorline, rope with lead insides, I think. Looks like it might be easier to stow, has anyone any experience of it?

Compass24 and do a search for WEIGHTED ANCHOR

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What heppens........

.......if you ever need to cut it and cut it fast ? Sounds a bit gimiky to me, stay clear.
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