So, knowing absolutely nothing about anchoring
prior to landing here in the Philippines
(I mean, I knew how to deploy and recover, that you should have chain between the rode
, and I had what I believe to be the right sized anchors for my 65', 45 ton boat), I made a bunch of rookie mistakes
. Hopefully I'm past absolute stupidity on the subject, but I would like some guidance from people with experience on similar sized boats.
I've got a hydraulic windlass
with 250' of steel
cable, which had probably 30' of 1/2" studded chain connected to a 75lb CQR anchor
. This is what was on the boat
when I bought it, and it all works quite well. A good going over of the hydraulic pump
, including seals
replacement and some work
on bearings has given it all the power it needs for this. But, not knowing about snubbers at the time, I broke my chain a bunch. I've tried various snubber substitutes but haven't had much luck with any of them.
I also have a 45lb Danforth anchor, as well as a 100lb CQR
. My solution to the snapping chainlinks (probably shows how daft I am when it comes to anchoring) involved 90' of 3/4" studded chain attached to the 100lb CQR, with 250' of 1 1/4" rode
. Obviously this is a chore to bring up and down, requiring quite a few people on deck
. There's a funny
story involving this chain and anchor that I'll bring out some other time, also
So, rather than wasting any more time with this subject (since I'm obviously less-than-experienced with anchoring
this thing), I'd like some advice
, and if possible the answer to a couple questions.
1. What is a good substitute for a 3/4" in-line snubber? Is there one, or should I just order a dozen of the black in-line types to keep on the boat
2. If I end up using the 3/4" chain and the 1 1/4" rode as the best solution for the boat, where can I get a manual windlass
that fits this? I've looked without much success, but knowing where to start is usually 80% of the fight.
3. There isn't a ton of room inside the windlass' housing for the cable to spin, if disconnected, but I think I could do it if the best solution is an attachment for the hydraulic drum to pull up the bigger 3/4" chain.
Where I anchor generally doesn't have much wind
(gusts up to 40mph is about the most we get. Once it got to 60mph in the last year for a couple hours), but what I do get is lots of surf. Short, choppy waves bobbing the bow up and down. This is the part that most concerns me, since if the weather
really does turn, I just pick up and get out between the islands, rather than sit at anchor.
Ok, please tear me apart