Have any of you bought a bigger anchor than recommended and regret it afterwards?
I'm pretty sure in all the time I've been here no one has posted that complaint.
It is a total system so rode
are also important. You need to do the math on how much tonnage you would have to reel in to make sure the windlass
is up to the job. Chain numbers count too especially if you are using 3/8 in chain instead of 5/16th's. It is possible to have more anchor holding power than chain holding power. Extra chain is as good as an extra large anchor I think. Pulling up an extra 15 lbs by hand sure as does make a difference when also include the weight of the chain<g>.
Our last boat was only 15,000 lbs but we used a 33 lb anchor with 165 ft of 10 mm (3/8) chain. That adds up to over 350 lbs if all hanging straight down.
To honest I have 45 lb anchors now and we are 18,300 lbs displacement
14 tons gross. I would not think I would go much more but would prefer to save the weight for a spare anchor in case the main one gets lost
or abandoned. It's OK to put out two anchors when things look tough. I would look at your total weight and start to decide where you can put it. On a long passage
I wouldn't hang all that weight out on the bow especially a lighter boat (you are not all that light). Taking the bigger is always better is going to lower the water
line. Everything is a trade
off. Your total tonnage mounts up faster than you think. 15 pounds is also two gallons of water