The ground tackle I currently carry on my boat
is a Bruce with 50' of chain and 150' of rope
. I find this "adequate" since we primarily sail the boat
out of a marina, and it makes sense to keep her "light", given that we rarely anchor
overnight perhaps 3 or 4 times per season, plus we may go for a cruise
for, say, 10 days in summer.
The few times we anchor overnight, however, I feel uneasy because I would much prefer a new-generation anchor rather than the Bruce, and would be much more comfortable with more chain.
Thus, in preparation of our next cruise
, I was thinking... would it makes sense, just prior to a trip in which we know that we would anchor, to "swap" the Bruce with, say, a Rocna
(I would not want to have the Rocna
permanently, because it has a much higher probability than the Bruce of catching the gennaker
on the rollbar...) and "prolong the chain by, say, an extra hundred feet, with an extra shackle. Then, at the end of the trip, switch back to the "lighter" configuration and take the Rocna and extra chain home...
This would make sense to me, at least in principle - then, why I am not seeing anybody doing such a thing?... I see other boats at my dock
who have somewhat undersized ground tackle because, like me, primarily sail out of the dock
and do not deploy the anchor much... However, like me, once in a while they do, but do not seem to care of swapping the anchor...
What am I not getting? Why don't people do this? Is swapping anchors so awkward to be impractical? is adding some extra chain temporarily such a no-no? (I understand it is not ideal, but does it really matter for just a few days?). What am I not seeing? Thank you!