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Old 11 April 2010, 11:14   #1
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what anchor to use

hi what is the best anchor to use in sand /mud
i have a 16 sports rib so not to heavy, but the tank holds 107 l of petrol and is normaly full
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Old 11 April 2010, 11:31   #2
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hi what is the best anchor to use in sand /mud
i have a 16 sports rib so not to heavy, but the tank holds 107 l of petrol and is normaly full
A smallish delta or plough always holds well in sand and mud.
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Old 11 April 2010, 11:40   #3
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hi thanks for that
what sort of size 10KG ?
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hi thanks for that
what sort of size 10KG ?
I swear by a 'Bruce' type anchor aka 'Trefoil or Claw' great in mud and sand and hard - in fact almost anything - plus nothing too sharp to damage tubes etc. Might get by with a 2Kg but certainly ok with a 5kg for ribs up to 6 meters.
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10 kg is way too big, we have that to tie our 5 tonne yacht to the sea bed.

You could do worse than look at the smallest Aliminium Fortress anchors:

http://www.fortressanchors.com/fortr...hor_guide.html

The come apart and stow in quite a small bag, needing about a minute and a spanner to assemble.

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Bruce. A 6.5kg has never dragged with my 7m Vipermax attached to it. Don't forget approx 3/4 of a boat length of galv. ground-chain. 8mm would be plenty for a 5m boat.
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Keith, have a read of this link, it lists types of anchors and for what purpose and boat size

http://www.euphoriasailing.com/Marin...-selection.htm
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Keith, the anchors listed here already have great holding potential, but they also share the disadvantage that they take up a bit of room - and you don't have a very big boat. If space is at a premium, and you want reasonable holding for weight - you could think about one of the Danforth type anchors which will fold flat for storage.

As has already been said - chain is important to keep the pull horizontal. As a simple rule-of-thumb we tend to work with a piece of chain the same length as the boat
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way too big
Is there such a thing?

A serious question, seeing as I will also be in the anchor market some time around September... I don't anchor in any regular use, so when I use it will be because I *need* it.
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Is there such a thing?

A serious question, seeing as I will also be in the anchor market some time around September... I don't anchor in any regular use, so when I use it will be because I *need* it.
Anything that is too big to handle, lift over the tubes easily (either to put in the water or pull back out) risks damaging the tubes. Anything that combined with the heavy chain and rope is too heavy to pull back in risks your back. Then there is the innevitable larger size which means you may have to sacrifice something else (e.g. length of rope/chain) to store it.
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