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Old 25-05-2015, 09:18   #1
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Anchor System

I'd love to hear from anyone who could give us some advice on anchoring set-up on the Helia. We're planning on circumnavigating, and I've based the max anchoring depth on 30m/90ft (the sort of depths we expect to encounter in the Society Islands).

We're picking up our new Helia in July and after spending the morning doing some research, I've come up with the following system.

And advice would be welcome!

Primary Anchor
Rocna 40
90m, G40, 5/16 chain
50m, 3/4, 3-strand nylon, spliced with stainless thimble
3/8 HT shackle
Secondary Anchor
Mantus 25
20m, G40, 5/16 chain
100m, 5/8, 3-strand nylon, spliced with stainless thimble
3/8 HT shackles
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Old 25-05-2015, 10:16   #2
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Re: Anchor System

Rocna and Mantus are the same style anchor, no?

I might have a different style (Fortress) for a secondary that I might also use in different conditions where it might be better (mud). Also lighter for the same size, for kedging, off the stern, etc.
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Old 25-05-2015, 10:22   #3
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Re: Anchor System

If you are gonna go with 5/16 chain, and you can get chain in Europe, get Maggi 8mm Aqua7. Much stronger.
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Old 25-05-2015, 10:50   #4
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Re: Anchor System

If you are doing Mantus because you can break it down for storage why not 2 Mantus of the primary size. Then you will have a real backup if you lose your primary. Then add a Fortress for soft mud and kedge.
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Old 25-05-2015, 11:12   #5
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Re: Anchor System

Ryan, don't know what information you used for sizing, but here are some handy tables to check against. All the rest are anchor choices and chain type. A "Danforth-type" has always been recommended as a kedge, with the Fortress recommended because of its light weight. All the best on your new boat. Congratulations.

Anchor System Sizing Tables (Reply #6) & Why Swivels are a bad idea Ground Tackle & Anchor System Sizing TABLES & Swivels
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Old 26-05-2015, 07:19   #6
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Re: Anchor System

Thanks everyone for your advice. Most appreciated!!

Stu - I presently also have a 1986 Catalina 34 (in St. Maarten) and have read your valuable advice for years!!!
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