Originally Posted by Stu Jackson
Why people think those anchors, which have maybe half the fluke area as the new gen anchors do, make any sense is beyond me.
Well, FWIW I didn't mean that as a blanket condemnation of the Delta
anchors. They seem to have their place, and work well enough in many circumstances... although with them, heavier/bigger (per boat size/weight) seems more effective than the smaller versions.
We've used Deltas and only fond them to be less effective when overloaded or in slimey mud. Had 8-9 32-38' boats rafted on our 35-lb Delta
once, and a combination of light breeze and incoming tide had the whole raft moving upstream... and as we fixed that, we discovered our "holding" ground there was very soft mud. Another time, only our own (different) boat on the anchor (the next smaller Delta size, to fit that pulpit) and we started drifting... turned out to be very slimey bottom.
Otherwise, they worked fine.
Originally Posted by GrahamHO
We were racing
and in a yacht that means not using the engine
. Sometimes in a yacht race
it can be necessary to anchor to stop going backwards with the tide.
The anchor never touched bottom. It streamed forward. That is in relation to us trying to go forward.
The anchor was a Danforth and the flukes must have been forced upwards by the current
Yeah, sorry, I saw the "moving backwards" part and therefore glossed over the "racing" part. In what we're used to, racing
and moving backwards don't usually happen in the same sentence.
But thanks for the additional clarification, that's interesting.
We only used a real Danforth for a short while before we relegated it to backup status. Never had that kind of sailing (streaming, not reaching the bottom) problem, nor did we have problems with reset on tide changes... although we did have issues with getting it properly set it from time to time. Can't remember the weight; guessing 15-lbs or less on a 14-ton boat. That was the one we changed to a 35-lb Delta... which worked OK except for that raft incident (above).