Originally Posted by Alan Wheeler
Umm Darryl, that lightening storm keep you awake all night???
You have to wonder after that post don't you. But then again the strange things come form the strangest of minds at the strangest of times. He just may be onto something.
Just ran a few simulations and it appears you may have over looked a serious issue. Sprats love chunky peanut butter so shortly after deployment the holding power starts to decrease, after an hour or so you have next to none left. Did find up big upside though, lots of Kingfish suddenly appear
May I suggest Tapioca Pudding, it appears fish
don't like that either
GMac is actually right in what he is tryign to say. But the replies from ohter members is also correct. We don't allow an anchor to settle.
Correct Mr Wheeler, Sir
As you set the anchor
it creates a disturbance in the force.... opps seabed (bloody Star Wars trilogy the other night). This is especially true for anchors like the Sarca, Supreme, Rocna
, ploughs to a degree and a few others, mostly the ones with protrusions like rollbars, big knuckles and things like that.
An anchor can be 'set' in 2 minutes but then needs to 'settle' to get the better holding from it. While settling they can often sink a bit further down, bottom willing, everyting 'packs' itself around the anchor and so on. Once they have settled many would do better in the tests than they currently show.
As rleslie mentioned above very few people even bother to do any sort of power set or set at all, myself included 95% of the time but my boat is capable of doing it for me so I'm lucky.
While cruising around just watch boats that drag. You'll find many do quite soon after anchoring
or after a big wind/tide change which un-settles the anchor. After a time the anchor 'sets and settles' and give the bigger holding. In all the tests I've seen and done (just about) we have not let this 'settle' happen, if it had I'd suggest we would see some anchors get far better numbers. I'm 'suggesting' from sussing by the way, details to follow.
The only true test in this way would be trying to measure two identical anchor designs side by side. Not sure what the point of that would be. To gain maximum holding power, the rode should be suited to the anchor, be of the correct length and the correct angle. There may in fact be such a test done that way some where. But I have not ever seen one carried out.
Watch this space. Phase one of the Head
Shoot Out happened 3 weeks ago and the next in a 10 days odd when they give my bloody boat back, OK his boat but I want it back all the same. You'll find it interesting, not life changing but interesting all the same. And absolutely no-one who manufactures or markets any anchor was there, Ahhh.. the peace was lovely
Interestingly, has anybody had anything to do with the Sarca anchor?? Yet another spade with a hoop. But slots cut in the flukes. Not sure what the methodology is behind the slots.
The Sarca is not a 'spade' type anchor as we know it i.e Spade itself and derivatives like the Rocna
, Supreme and the few others. It is more a plow type. The slots are to help wash the muck off on the way up and make it easier to release, so I'm told. I can understand the cleaning
bit but why would you want a quick release anchor?, can't get my head around that. Again the hoop for orienting it the right way as used by a few.
They do set well but don't have big holding power compared to many others, surprisingly low actually. Saying that they are very popular here with the fishos and as long as you don't use Sarcas recommended chain lengths (ridiculously short) they will do the job fine more often than not.
Watch this space again, the new Sarca is due any day now, so I'm told.
Man - damn good to see someone who is very happy about swapping from Delta
to Rocna. There are many others as well but when they go from 10kg Deltas to the 'recommended' 20kg Rocnas they don't count. Good to see someone take the advantages of the Rocna over the Delta
without being 'suggested' into anchors miles larger. Just like a guy who was told "If you go to a 33kg Rocna you will be far better off', Well hello! going from a 21kg plough would you expect anything less? Fortunately for him I was there to give CPR when I walked down to his boat with a 33. He is now happily parked on a 25kg even though a 20 would have been just fine.