Originally Posted by nicksharpe
Question: do I need an anchor for this trip? It's about the only thing I haven't got yet.
Itís quite likely that you wonít use an anchor on the trip but that is not quite the same as donít need one! I am assuming you have transom wheels or some other way to manhandle your boat up the shore - if itís too heavy for that then you really do need an anchor.
Personally I wouldnít take any small boat out on the Clyde without an anchor. On this trip you have the advantage that there will be other boats around if you get in difficulty - but donít presume that they will always be in sight or looking in your direction. The worse the conditions are (and hence most pressing any problem is) the more the group tends to get a bit spread out as people pick their own route through the waves and different boats/helms settle into their own comfort speed.
For the sake of 40 quid Iíd get one, because if this is early on your sib learning journey - after this trip youíll be desperate to get out and do more and an anchor really should be an essential for that.
Something like this would do the job: https://www.marinescene.co.uk/produc...SABEgLZ1PD_BwE
If you are buying the bits rather than a ďkitĒ then Iíd probably look to go longer on the rope, you could afford to go narrower (beware too thin is very hard to handle). My anchor is rigged with about 30m of line but I have a second similar length I can join to it if I need to anchor somewhere deeper.
1.5-2kg is probably plenty for most medium sized sibs with a good anchor. You can get cheaper still by using a grapnel style (which are also easier to stow on a sib) but donít skimp on the weight then.