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Old 29-04-2013, 21:54   #16
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Re: Bent danforth anchor - ideas how to fix?

I'm with the "scrap it" people. You'll get a weaker anchor by reusing it and if you use it in the same way again, it will bend again, but this time easier.
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Old 29-04-2013, 22:28   #17
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Any other tips to prevent the large amount of swinging (~120 degrees) that my boat experiences at anchor pretty regularly? Does it have something to do with he fin keel setup?
My Pearson sails at anchor like a ghost ship. Sometimes making 2 kts from side to side. Dropping a second anchor straight down from the bow until just dragging the bottom (hammerlock mooring?) has helped many times. In most winds it stops the motion, and if not slows it to the point it's not noticed. Much different than making 2 kts and abruptly halting and reversing direction.
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Old 29-04-2013, 22:43   #18
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Re: Bent danforth anchor - ideas how to fix?

Before we had a ketch, we used a old wind sock from an airport, it's about 7 ft long by 24 in dia. at the front! just raiser her with a halyard with a light line to ease it out ! kept us inline in most winds almost as well as our mizzen do now !! I think we paid abut ten bucks at a garage sale. If ya have a sewing machine im sure ya could whip one out for almost nothing ! just a thought
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Re: Bent danforth anchor - ideas how to fix?

While it might be possible to cold form the anchor while keeping most of the strength, the risk is of poor performance. If the geometry is not perfectly symmetrical Danforths tend to corkscrew out. Scrap it.

Danforths are great in sand, gravel, and mud while always pulling from the same direction. They damage easily in rock and coral, and often fail to reset after a swing. This makes them poor for general anchoring. They do shine as a stern anchor when going bow-in for a Med-moor, as old harbors usually have a lot of soft mud. And they also make great storm anchors for stowing below, as long as they are only needed in the right bottom conditions...

Consider a newer anchor design for your replacement.

Personally I avoid like the plague using two anchors at a time; having one off the bow and the other off the stern is the worst. In a reversing tidal current the rodes twist around each other under the boat - I can attest that it is not so easy to escape from that.

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Old 29-04-2013, 23:34   #20
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Re: Bent danforth anchor - ideas how to fix?

I'd straighten it if it's a mild steel shank, provided you've owned it since new and know it hasn't been bent before.
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Re: Bent danforth anchor - ideas how to fix?

As for hunting around under anchor, the place to start is to lead the anchor rode (or snubber) on deck right at the bow; running through a hawsehole or chock that is a couple of feet off center will cause it to sail side to side. If it is not possible to attach in the center, then use a bridle, which is usually better anyway.

Personally I don't have experience with riding sails, but clearly they improve the situation.

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Thanks for all the replies, based on the responses, I think I'll end up replacing the anchor.

Regarding the stern anchor setup, I still have a couple of questions-

The danforth off the bow was plenty strong to hold the boat in those winds, but the boat was swinging ALOT which is why I put out the stern anchor (actually first time I did this).

Any other tips to prevent the large amount of swinging (~120 degrees) that my boat experiences at anchor pretty regularly? Does it have something to do with he fin keel setup?
Yeah, I've been in anchorages where some boats jst seem to do that,usually fin keeled boats. Only thing i know is a small riding sail on the back stay.
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Before we had a ketch, we used a old wind sock from an airport, it's about 7 ft long by 24 in dia. at the front! just raiser her with a halyard with a light line to ease it out ! kept us inline in most winds almost as well as our mizzen do now !! I think we paid abut ten bucks at a garage sale. If ya have a sewing machine im sure ya could whip one out for almost nothing ! just a thought
Fascinating.

I found that when I installed weather cloths on the aft lifelines (aft-cockpit boat) it cut down on the boat's tendency to sail the anchor. Kinda like feathers on an arrow.
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For me the Bruce would be the primary and a danforth a stern hook IF THAT.
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Exactly what I have (and I use a bridle between amas with the anchor rode slack to the main hull); the stern hook is aluminum and only used when needed because of a tight anchorage spot.
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Re: Bent danforth anchor - ideas how to fix?

If.i.were buying new. Either.a.roca or a.manson. no quesion
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Use stern anchoring only, forget the bow..
I hope that's not a serious suggestion!

Boat builders place the anchoring equipment at the bow (the pointy end) for a reason.

Anchor the boat from the bow. You can add a stern anchor in low wind/low current situations only.
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excerpt from Jordan Series Drogue - Mooring and Anchoring. The following section has generated little interest so far.. I even mentioned it to a couple of Marine insurance companies to no avail. However, I finally picked the following up on the web.
"Have you ever tried anchoring from the stem? I anchored the other weekend for an experiment in 20 to 30 knots out in the open. The difference between how our Seraph 25D behaves stem to as opposed to bow to was utterly amazing. Sure we had wave slap and some spray into the cockpit, but she just sat there and pointed into the wind with every shift. By the bow she dances around like a drunken ballerina, sailing off one way, snatching up on the anchor line, turns, and off she goes the other way. The anchor sail on the backstay helped but she still wasn't nearly as composed as when her stem was facing the waves. Mr. Jordan will tell you why this works. And more importantly maybe, why sailing vessels USED to be able to get away with bow anchoring and why modem sloops just can't ;without sailing all over the place."
MOORING AND ANCHORING

In the fall of 2004, four hurricanes devastated southern Florida.
"Hurricane Ivan struck the Gulf Coast causing extensive damage. Insured U.S. losses exceeded $7 billion". Science News, April 05. The media showed scenes of marinas with a shambles of damaged boats. Boats from moorings and anchors littered the shore.
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