Evans, thank you for your thoughtful reply. Your remarks have contributed greatly to my decision making.
Your strong sense that skipper
actions are more important than anchor
design is disconcerting. I have a boat
that will perform well when I do not. I want an anchor that will perform well when I do not, or can not. I hope others reading this forum heed your comment "and a decent anchor weight".
I don't understand the discrepancies between experience and testing either. Thinking that the variable test results I remembered for the claw
might be based upon anchor weight I just reviewed some of the test results. In one a 22 lb Bruce set well and 22 lb Lewmar claw
slightly less well, while in another a 36 lb Lewmar
Claw performed very poorly. Choosing would be simpler if weight were the sole factor. The Delta
performs superbly in some tests and fails to set in others. Even the CQR
came out tops in one test. The new anchors have had less testing and this may be the reason they have not yet shown the variable results the older designs have shown. Average results are far more important than superior results in one test or another. For this reason the experience of sailors like yourself, who have a lot of experience anchoring
with several types of anchors, and experienc anchoring
on as many different bottom conditions as any sailor is likely to encounter, is of tremendous value to the rest of us; whether you consider yourself an anchoring expert or not.
ROGUE has no anchor windless. There is a rope winch
on the foremast which can be used to bring in an anchor rope rode
. I have chain hooks on ropes which can be, one after the other, hooked onto the chain to winch
the chain rode
in, but I consider this merely a means of dealing with a stuck anchor, or dealing with a situation where I have dragged into deep water
and have all of my chain and storm anchor to haul straight up (happened to someone who couldn't deal with it).
As for cruising areas I am likely to experience: The Great Lakes
and on out the St Lawrence River to New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia
(emulating cruises my father did on his 25' Ariel). I am most familiar with Lake Onterio and the Thousand Islands. Lake Huron's North Channel appears to be like the Thousand Islands, but more so and wilder. East Coast
of the US, Maine
to the Chesapeake. Bahamas
(ROGUE's element. ROGUE floats in 1', sails
well in 3' 30 knot
. So, anchoring conditions I am likely to anchor in include: sand, glacial moraine, kelp? and other interesting weed (and rock?) in the Canadian Maritime and Maine
(I will be interested in Maine Sail's comments), and sand over coral
Sailing around the world? ROGUE while smaller than I would prefer is seaworthy
enough for the dream to be made real if I choose.
As for sailing engineless, that has been a matter of poor design. Had I carried out my original design the prop would have sucked air. However, going engineless while I considered what sort of auxiliar power would suit me best has not been troubling. ROGUE was designed to be a sailboat with auxiliary power an after thought. I never intended to rely on an engine
. I learned to sail with an unreliable engine
. Dad never used the engine when control was important. We sailed into the marinas
, to pick up moorings, and on and off the hook. We couldn't rely on the engine so we seldom used it. I don't expect marinas
would allow us to do that any more. Dad replaced the original engine with a reliable diesel
and I got sloppy sailing Dad's boat
while I built ROGUE. Not having an engine is forcing me to learn how to sail again. ROGUE is not so nimble as Dad's Ariel, but will sail itself for long periods of time, and can be stopped and backed up under control. Learning
the full capabilities of one's boat and learning
to accomplish all tasks under sail is not just satisfying, it creates a justifiable confidence and knowledge base that will keep boat and crew safe.