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Old 13-02-2011, 19:01   #1
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Too Many Anchors ?

There have been a lot of threads about the size of anchors, but not much about the number of different anchors.
Went through the lazarette today and here is what I found.
Name that anchor?
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This doesn't include the CQR hanging off the bow, and the ROCNA that I am going to get. Just have to figure out how it will mate up with the platform.
See, size isn't all that matters.

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Old 13-02-2011, 19:07   #2

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Looks like your ready for any sea bottom you might come across. I carry two oversize delta type and a large danforth for kedging. Ive had occasions in areas of limited swing where I would deploy all three with a large swivel in the middle forming a mooring. At those times I would feel better if i had an extra bower in case i had to leave quickly for some unknown reason.

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Old 13-02-2011, 20:07   #3
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Why the northhill?

I understand the big fisherman, good on rocks, or maybe weeds. Not so good in soft bottoms, or resetting after changed in tidal flows, or wind.

I understand the danforths. Good is soft bottoms, mud, but poor with weeds, rocks, or circling winds or tidal flows.

I understand the CQR or the rocna, decent in firm sand or mud, with a decent ability to turn with the tide and remain set without fouling. But why both?

But why the northhill? It appears to have similar advantages and disadvantages to the fisherman. Why carry both?
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Old 14-02-2011, 11:10   #4
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I've got it down to three main anchors: a big Bulwagga on the bow roller as my main do-it-all everyday anchor, and two FX-23 Fortresses for when I need a second anchor or a kedge. Not many Bulwaggas around, and I think they are out of business now. I've found they are great in weed and grass, sand, and mud, and they hook up well in rocky/coral chunks down in the Caribbean. It's a great all around anchor. We don't have to deal with kelp here on the East Coast, so I have no experience with that. If I lost the Bulwagga somehow, I would feel perfectly secure using the two Fortresses together until I could obtain another main anchor.
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Old 14-02-2011, 13:03   #5
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Pending my purchase of something more current and substantial as a main for passagemaking, my inventory is a 44 lb. CQR, a 33 lb. CQR, a 33 lb. Danforth for a lunch hook on 250 ft. of chain for a 41' footer 15 tonne cutter on Lake Ontario.

33 lb. Bruce for a lunch hook, and a 20 lb. Danforth on 15 feet chain and 200 feet of nylon 3-strand for a 33 foot, 9,000 lb. sloop in the same lake.

I will likely go to a 60 or 75 lb. main and will install an electric/manual windlass and bridle for the steel boat before we go.
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