All interesting reading. Hereís another real world example.
Tek35 cat, probably ~8500# cruising trim
2 15# aluminum
spades (on rollers just port side of center on front beam) on 25í heavy chain and another 150 5/8Ē line.
I chose the aluminum
spades because I haul them by hand. Never dragged except in heavy
grass. But I set them carefully in good spots. I donít expect to be able to anchor
on any bottom. When Iím cruising I anchor
once or twice a day often. Making it easy was a priority.
I had problems with the aluminum reacting with the lead in the tip, causing th anchor tip to rupture, necessitating finding someone who would reweld it. I also bent a shank when trying to haul it up using the force of buoyancy when it must have been wrapped on something. Easily fixed, albeit undoubtably with some loss of strength.
I have a bridle
permanently rigged with a caribeiner (sp?) in the middle. On my anchor lines I took 18Ē pieces of line and braided both ends into the the anchor line, forming a loop so that the splices both pull in the correct direction. The bridle
all stows in a small bag on the nets and the legs clip in tight to the caribeiner , in turn clipped to the nets. Itís quick, itís easy to rig, you are still hanging on your anchor line and there is no abrasive contact between your bridle and your anchor line. Quick to set, quick to get in in an emergency
. You can clip two lines into it for achoring for wind
or tide shifts. Sorry I donít have a picture. Occasionally the loops bind for a second on the bow roller. Slack line and pull again and they always free up. Of course, none of this would work
with a windlass
Thatís my system.