"I would want another type as backup for any areas that are hardpan..."
Originally Posted by Cheechako
There's a lot of good advice here, but the bottom line is you are not sailing around the world, you are in a minimalist boat... and that mindset is different from many on this forum. Your anchor is fairly lightweight. A windlass is more of a luxury for you and not a must have. 100 ft of chain will do it. most your anchoring will be under 15 feet... and in your boat may be 10 ft! If you dont already have chain then 150 would be a nice-to-have. You dont need a "modern" design anchor to go cruising in the Bahamas for a few months. The Bahamas, with a few exceptions, are some of the easiest anchoring out there. As with any anchor, watch the windshifts. I wouldnt hesitate to use a used $25 Danforth in the Bahamas (more holding power than any anchor out there) however, I would want another type as backup for any areas that are hardpan or rocky. JMHO Keep it simple, like your style of boat, go enjoy.
This is one of the more challenging surfaces for anchoring. I think you will have difficulty getting a Danforth to set. More likely it will skate across the surface. And there are a mountain of Danforths with bent shanks out there. Despite that, I also carry one as a supplemental hook.
Another challenge is in areas like the Berrys where the only holding is to find a sand hole to carefully drop the hook in.
A sharp point/tip of the anchor can often help in these cases, as might a heavier anchor. The best bet is to have at least two different type anchors, both easily deployed. You will use your primary anchor the majority of the time, with the alternate anchor used infrequently - though you will be glad to have it when needed. A single rode
might also be adequate, as long as you have a backup line for emergencies.
As for the "Bahamian moor", I think the hassle, and the invariably twisted rode(s), make this a non-starter in my book, especially if you had to hoist anchor in a hurry. When I have felt that there was no alternative except for two hooks, I have always thought afterwards that it was unnecessary.
In general, anchoring in the Bahamas, with a few notable exceptions, is pretty easy; helped by the clarity of the water
, the shallow depths, and the generally accommodating sand bottom.
BTW, I have a nice #45 CQR
I would sell you
Good luck with your trip!