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Old 19-04-2023, 20:35   #16
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Re: Anchors for the PNW/BC: San Juan and Gulf Islands

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One draw back of that advice is that is doubtful that a majority of those boat at the dock ever go somewhere to anchor. So, it might be irrelevant as to what’s on the bow.

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Re: Anchors for the PNW/BC: San Juan and Gulf Islands

In 40 years of sailing, in Indonesia, the PNW, the Sea of Cortez and French Polynesia we have used several anchors. Starting with a CQR in Indonesia, it dragged more often than it set but conditions were usually difficult - coral sand, and steep sided anchorages.

Followed in the PNW by a Danforth (original steel) on a 28 ft sloop that worked well most of the time and then a Fortress FX-16 that came with our current boat. The Fortress usually worked quite well. This observation reinforces the comments above that generally anchoring in the PNW is mostly relatively easy except for logs, boom chains, cables and old engine blocks used sometimes as anchors for mooring balls. The correct size Fortress for our boat is an FX-23 which we now have on board as a back-up (in addition to the FX-16 which works well as a stern anchor).

We replaced the Fortress FX-16 with a genuine 20kg Bruce and it worked really well nearly all of the time (11.5m sailboat). We replaced that anchor with a Rocna about 15 or so years ago and have used it ever since in the PNW, Mexico and French Polynesia. It has never failed. It is attached to 3/8" rode which is probably more substantial than what is actually necessary but the anchor has never dragged even with 30 knots or more of wind coming through the anchorage.
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