Originally Posted by Topazken
Why would you advocate less chain instead of more? It is like telling people that a smaller anchor
is OK because it works for you.
For many reasons which 'having anchored more than anyone' I'm sure your well aware of.
Small anchors rock and 'can' work
better than oversized when set-up and used right. We often recommend small anchors (with great success and zero loss's) for some situations.
I'm sorry Ken if the above seem confrontational but as much as you profess to know much I do detect a lack of understanding of many of the recent developments and techniques of anchoring
. Calling a Spade a plow is a primary mistake anyone with good knowledge will tell you. Maybe you'd slide by by saying an 'inverted plow'.
What I do believe is that you have successfully done a circumnavigation
(and well done, it's far from easy at times) but on one boat
with a set set of anchoring gear
. That means you know well what works for you and your 'style' of anchoring but it does give you an 'all round' view of things.
Use 3:1 and you'll die a horrible death is purely and well proven as being plainly wrong in many situations, in some Yes but in all? definitely not. Maybe you have no joy at that scope
because you're system is not set-up to do so, it could be that simple.
Anchoring is a 'horses for courses' game
meaning EVERY boat and user are different and used in different ways with different styles and knowledge levels. With so many differences why do some keep suggesting one solution. There simply isn't one.
Obviously you're happy with what you use just as Wheels, ML1, delmarrey and everyone else is or should be. I'd put serious money
on you having a small but definite myocardial infarction if you saw what I use but it works for me but only because it does actually work
. Snore like a baby (have witness's I'm told often) even after too many glass's of golden nectar.
I'm on rope/chain and set at 5:1 every time, no more no less, zero drama.
Actually anchored 3 times this afternoon. Playing with a 30kg unbelievably sexy stainless delta
clone. Looked so very very good but performance did seem a bit average but it was a dodgy bottom. Having another go next week.
OK I've just been informed I'm telling porkies. I should say my beloved wife, Petal of the Pacific, anchors at 5:1 every time
Gezz it's hot today, bloody awful.