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Old 16-10-2013, 18:41   #331
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Re: Does constant anchoring wear you down?

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I would like to proudly say that I sleep well at anchor because of my many years of experience, but more truthfully, I sleep well at anchor because I already did all the stupid things and made all the stupid choices many years ago.
Yeah. Nowdays I worry that I sleep too well on the hook. Sometimes, if the situation merits vigilance, I down a tall glass of water right before bed just to guarantee that I'll do an anchor check before dawn.

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Old 16-10-2013, 18:46   #332
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Re: Does constant anchoring wear you down?

Went down to the Annapolis boat show. 30 feet inside the first tent was Mantus. I had just finished reading this thread, and last winter spring I replaced my sprit with a redesigned sprit that would hold a bigger anchor.

Now I'm the proud owner of a 125lb Mantus!

One size bigger than storm anchor by their charts.

But I suck at anchoring, and I like to sleep.

I must be the worlds worst anchorer. I drag all the time, I've been in places where I can't get a 66 lb Spade to slow down. I've apparently anchored on old sails.

When I do hook in I've usually got a cable over the hook and have a real fight to get free.

In my own defence I've had some pretty bad luck, but still, it wears on you.

We got our current boat it had a 45 lb CQR on the bow. 44,000lb and 44 ft. That was a joke. It also came with two huge Danforth types, but no obvious way to launch or retrieve them.

The Spade was a definite improvement, but still a wee bit light. 66lb vs the 110lb recommended. It was the biggest I could get to work with the stupid bow arrangement.

I've yet to fit the anchor let alone use it. Wish me good luck and sweet dreams.

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