Originally Posted by noelex 77
That's what all the girls say.
The wide-angle lens make it look a bit bigger than it is, but it is a big anchor.
When its blowing 50k I would not swap it for something smaller.
I think people who are not used to living at anchor underestimate the importance of a secure anchor. there has been an average of one cruising sailor I know drag and do damage every year. The last two I had dinner on their yacht the night before they dragged (one hit 2 fishing
boats sank them both and put some holes in their 50 foot cat. The last one broke their rudder
after hitting rocks ironically we spent dinner the night before discussing anchors)
Anchors are important
Well, like I said, the worst moments I ever had in a few decades of sailing were all anchors dragging in the middle of the night.
Besides that, we are very much anchoring-out kind of people, avoiding marinas
whenever we can. And now we have a boat which has too much draft
(7'6") to tuck into the kind of sheltered coves we might otherwise look for.
I got caught in a storm recently in the U.S. -- not on my own boat -- as night was falling, and we couldn't get into the anchorage at all -- too dangerous. We had no choice but to drop the anchor in the ICW
and ride it out in a fairly unsheltered place. Off a lee shore. We had 100 feet of chain out (all there was) and a Spade anchor. The chain was bar-tight -- no catenary at all. We were forced to get in fairly close to that lee shore for the sake of a decent scope
. It was pretty scary; I spent most of a very uncomfortable night sitting in the cockpit
. If we had had more chain, we would have had safer choices for where to anchor. By the way, the anchor didn't budge, even after a 180 degree wind
shift. More kudos for the Spade.
All of this adds up to needing a mongo anchor and a whole lot of strong chain. I think we will try to fit either the 100# Manson or the 55kg Rocna
on our bow and take it from there. The Rocna supplier did agree that we could return the 55kg one and swap it out for the 40kg one paying only one way of freight, in case it doesn't fit or we don't like it.