Sorry about yet another anchor
question, but I'm a Brit and new to the US side of the pond and thinking of cruising out to the Bahamas
, Abacos etc for a couple of months next year. Our new to us sailboat came with a claw
in bright polished stainless steel
which looks good maybe in a marina slip but I have no idea how it might perform in reality, The boat is a Beneteau
Ocanis 36CC with a 5.5ft draft
, the anchor says '15kgs' so 33lbs?? Is a claw
any good in the islands ? I have been a big fan of Delta
anchors on the other side of the pond and would have used a 45lb one of those over there on this boat as being suitable for anchoring
for most bottom types in normal cruising conditions.
I don't want to set off yet another anchor debate but am interested to see what those who know the islands would think is a good choice for cruising there. I know size matters and so does the rode
length but I'm assuming the Bahamas
etc are shallow enough that super long rodes are not needed. I have yet to discover exactly what chain we have beyond the length of S/S chain that is between the existing anchor and the windlass
. I have always preferred an all chain rode
too. The previous owner we have discovered was a kleptomaniac so he may well have pocketed the bulk of the chain and /or warp, which would be consistent with the other stuff that he 'took' off right before handover and which was listed on the broker inventory, my fault for being so trusting and for not being present to check when our delivery
crew took over the boat for us and brought it up to us from Fort Lauderdale
to Daytona Beach.
Since we are now coming towards the end of a comprehensive refit
we may as well get the anchoring
system up to our liking as well, chain does no good in the locker just like money
does little good in the bank, so spend it now when negotiating is easier with the boss lady rather than wait until we find out we are under specified and getting agreement might be harder??