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Old 07-01-2016, 11:55   #1
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Flying an anchor (checked baggage)

I've got a 40lb anchor in the Seattle area. My boat is in the Lower Chesapeake. I'm thinking I can put the anchor in checked baggage on my next flight out. Has anybody done this? Any problems?

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Old 07-01-2016, 12:28   #2
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Re: Fling an anchor

Only problem I forsee is a baggage handler with a herniated disk!
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Old 07-01-2016, 12:41   #3
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Yeah, I won't be making any friends in that crowd. I'd buy them a beer, but it would have to be in very small quantities to get through security
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Re: Fling an anchor

Anchor in your bag is not a problem but you are allowed 50lbs and then they charge you for over weight.
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Re: Fling an anchor

I have never done it, but suggest you contact the airline and ask, before you show up. I can imagine they might tell you you can't, because it might damage other people's baggage when they toss it in the hold. They might allow it, if in hard luggage, but not soft. Better to find out ahead of time.

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Ahhh, good point
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Old 07-01-2016, 13:04   #7
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Re: Fling an anchor

Package it up in a properly-sized box. If anyone asks, just tell them it's a boat anchor.
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Re: Fling an anchor

Checked baggage is a bit expensive at any weight it seems...
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Ship it UPS ground. No boxing required. Wrap some bubble wrap around it and you are good to go. Probably costs less than extra checked baggage on a flight.


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Re: Fling an anchor

This must be a sentimental anchor to fly it across the country instead of buying one locally.
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Re: Fling an anchor

I do not think it is worth spending any money or certainly the hassle--unless we are talking about a new stainless steel high-tech thingie? Just sell it online at home and buy one new or used online in Virginia....however, if you box it up really nicely and fly Southwest--remember that bags fly free on SWA!! SWA Seattle to Norfolk VA one stop--as little as $180 one way if you buy enough in advance....(so...let's see...anchor or underwear??? Anchor or underwear???.....)...I don't work for the airline...
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Re: Fling an anchor

Just took a fortress down to antigua as a stern anchor. Boxed it and checked it no problems. Limit is 50 lbs and 62 inches in total dimension width+height+depth
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Re: Flying an anchor

Thanks for the replies everybody.

I'm going to get some flack for this, but while the anchor doesn't have sentimental value, It's a Forfjord #4. That's not a very common item in Virginia. I've had very good service from Forfjord anchors in Alaska and plan to visit similar places fairly soon. I got it at a very favorable price and allowed for the shipping. It will replace a rusted out Delta and take its place among three Fortresses of various sizes.

Yes, that's too many anchors.

Anchors or underwear? Is that a trick question?

Neilsty, it's helpful to know that you didn't get any grief with the Fortress to Antigua.

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Re: Fling an anchor

I see the anchor listed at $690 so it must be special and worth the hassle and possible cost to get it cross country...and no that was not a trick question, but was merely suggesting that it could come down to that choice. Perhaps a $700 anchor is worth sending by truck....
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I see the anchor listed at $690 so it must be special and worth the hassle and possible cost to get it cross country...and no that was not a trick question, but was merely suggesting that it could come down to that choice. Perhaps a $700 anchor is worth sending by truck....
Thanks for your help, Paul. I was just amused at the decision you brought up. Yes, the anchor is well work shipping, especially as part of a larger shipment. We're just figuring out ways to get the stuff we're keeping from here to the boat. For instance, our immersion suits will go as carry on luggage. The anchor weighs in at 42 lbs, so we've got 8 lbs to work with. That may not be enough to get the thing strapped down and immobilized. Freight may be the best way to go.
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