On the anchor roller we only keep our primary, a Rocna
25Kg with 100' chain and 200' nylon. We've never deployed two anchors from the bow, even in the Bahamas
Our secondary anchor, an aluminum
Spade A-100, lives in the bottom of the starboard sail locker. It's basically a backup anchor/kedge/stern anchor. I keep 20 ft of chain attached to this anchor and a 40' section of chain in a water
proof bag in the bilge
, just aft of the mast
. The rest of the secondary rode
is 250' of nylon 8-plait, which fits neatly in the starboard side of the anchor locker
If I lost
the primary anchor and rode, I would bring the secondary anchor / chain to the bow, attach it to the secondary nylon rode with a shackle, and use it with help from the windlass
capstan. Otherwise, I can deploy the secondary off the stern or the dinghy
as a stern anchor or kedge.
If I were starting from scratch, I would keep this setup the same, except maybe I'd get a Fortress
for the secondary or even a Danforth to save money
. In 5 years we've only used the secondary twice - as a stern anchor and only because I wanted to have a nice view from the cockpit
. So I feel good about keeping it stored below, knowing I can get it pretty quickly if I need it.
Feel free to PM if you have Sabre
426 questions (or share with the forum, your choice).