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Old 01-02-2017, 05:46   #1
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Spade Anchor

Hi,

does anyone have a Spade Anchor and can give me some good reviews ?

I am thinking of buying a S 160 wich is 35 kg



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Old 01-02-2017, 05:59   #2
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Re: Spade Anchor

Hi,

We have a large Tunisian Spade, I think about 60 pounds. We only use it as a "storm anchor" since it is overkill for our 19000 pound boat and does not fit our bow roller well.

I have been impressed with its holding. We had a very positive experience using it during a tropical storm. It seems to set easily and once dug in can be tough to retrieve.
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Old 01-02-2017, 06:40   #3
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Re: Spade Anchor

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Hi,

does anyone have a Spade Anchor and can give me some good reviews ?

I am thinking of buying a S 160 wich is 35 kg



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Well, you give the model of the anchor, but nothing about your boat.

There are gobs and gobs of threads on the subject here. Just search. This one's better than ambien:

Photos of Anchors Setting


Everyone's got their own way of assembling all the anecdotal evidence, but here goes mine:

All of the new generation anchors are awesome (Mantus, rocna, spade, ultra)

The Spade is my favorite. It seems super simple, I feel like the weighted tip is a better approach than a roll-bar to achieve the right orientation for setting..

I've read 2 (which is an incredibly small number, I could probably find 2 reports of anchors floating in midair if I looked hard enough) reports of the Rocna getting mud stuck on the back of the fluke, throwing off the weight and preventing it from resetting.

The Spade has some practical issues: The need to check and replace the pin for the mortise + tenon assembly at some interval, as well as the lead filled tip being an added complication for any re-galvanizing you may want to do in the future. Although I also heard something about a lifetime guarantee that seems to put that issue to rest.
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