First, thank you all for the wonderful and varied responses provided to our Bahamas Anchoring
I still would have thought that 75 to 100 feet of all chain, 15 feet above the bottom (my mistake in the first post: 10 feet of water
, 5-6 feet above the water
- 15 feet total), attached to a 15 foot rope bridle
that kept the chain pressed against the bottom - all hooked to a 45lb Manson Supreme would have held far better than it did.
A few folks mentioned the mistake I made regarding the weight. Sorry, just took it off the documentation
. Didn't know there was a differential (learn something new every day). The 23 tons quoted was Gross Weight, again according to the documentation
. Realize it's not an accurate weight to determine actual weight.
Also, some people expressed concern about the size of the hook. I used a 45lb Mason Supreme. I had thought that it was sufficent - especially concerning the much smaller Delta
that came with the boat. What's ironic is that at my home marina, they refer to my Mason Supreme as 'the monster' - most everyone I know with similar sized boats have a hook about 35lbs hanging off the bow. These are mixes of Bruice's, Danforth's, Delta's and CQRs. I'm the only one with a Mason.
This situation places me in a really challenging situation. My windlass
(Maxwell RC800) will only accept a 5/16'' chain rode
. To upgrade to 3/8ths I would need a new windlass
. Couple that to a new chain and even larger Mason, I'm looking at something in the vicinity of $3K - not to mention the reconfiguration of the bow (glassing it over, then redrilling for a different windlass). Appears to be a daunting undertaking, to say the least!
Yeah, I know, welcome to the wonderful world of boating!