Hello fellow forumites,
I intend to do much more anchoring
season and I am not 100% happy with the current
set up that came with the boat
is 27 feet long and weighs 4 metric tonnes. Presently I have a Lewmar Delta anchor
of around 10KG plus a mixed chain rode
comprising 30 metres of 8mm joined with one of those horrible chain link joiners to a further 35 metres of 6mm chain. The secondary anchor
is an original CQR
of around 6KG with 2 metres of chain and about 20 metres of nylon rode
Cruising the west coast
, it seems many potential anchorages
get deep very quickly. As an example, yesterday I anchored in a small bay that shelved from 25 metres to 4 metres in a space of about 10 metres. Now I was only anchoring
for lunch, and was nearly at the top of the tide (3.5m above datum) so I anchored in 3.7 metres and let out 20 metres of chain. Had I wanted to use this as an overnight stop, however, I would have been aground at low tide. Move the boat a few metres further out and I'm in 25 metres!
So... I'm guessing I need to up the overall rode length....
Here are my thoughts:
Upgrade to new generation anchor (I'm thinking a 13KG Knox as I can get a decent discount at the mo...) plus 50 metres of new 8mm calibrated chaain to go on the manual windlass
. The reason 50 metres instead of the current 65 metres is that all 8mm will take up more room in the anchor locker
which is already almost full. The another 50 metres of 12mm 3 ply nylon but kept separately in another locker to be shackled on to the chain for deeper water
Keep the Delta
as the 2nd anchor and use the 30 metres of 8mm chain that exists on it already. Probably keep the CQR
as well just for added options!
So.... does my plan seem sound? Next year I plan starting my 'grand tour
' so I want a reliable ground tackle set up. I should add that I single
hand pretty much always.
thoughts from the panel please...!