I looked hard at the Leopard 48 several times, and still like the boat. Instead I bought and have outfitted to the extreme, a Helia 44.. But it was a toss up, you have a nice boat there... I have a Rocna 33 as my primary anchor, on 300 feet of 10mm HT Armagal chain.
After 40 years of yachts, this is my first Cat. I thought my experience in anchoring
might change due to the windage of Cats, but after just over a year now of experience, I have decided that it has not really changed after all.. More windage with Cats, but somewhat less weight than many of my monohulls. Anyway no change.
The Rocna was my choice. Mantus and all the rest, are all about the same in practical terms, I will not argue which is the best as the tests are biased and not the Gospel. I wanted the rigid roll bar, and thought I might even use it in a rock jamb to pull the hook in reverse, even grappling it with a hook if I was just snorkelling. I like the Rocna, an amazing immediate set hard.
On size, hmmm, the correct answer would be: "With how much chain?"
I mean if you were not going all chain rode
, then go the larger hook. With all chain rode
the Rocna 33 is fine. I am a heavily loaded Helia 44, with more luxury gear
and tankage than just about anyone I have heard of, so comparable probably to your Leopard 48 in anchoring
terms. In my book, what is 7 kg? I mean if you are in doubt go the larger hook, however the Rocna 33 is MASSIVE... Go see one, it looks like you are not even going to get it down the dock
, I mean it is definitely overkill. My best advice: Big on chain, all chain, go the 33. Light on chain, only part chain road, go the heavier Rocna.
Incidentally, I have a secondary hook, like to motor
forward to drop or put in the dinghy
with a storm brewing and set it out by hand, all hooked up ready to go. It is a Cobra II 20 Kg the boat came with. It has about a boat length of chain and 100 M of 3/4 " nylon, oversized swivel and shackles wired shut. I have never put it out, but it makes be feel good...