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Old 13-04-2020, 07:44   #1
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I've been having lots of issues with anchor dragging recently. I am using proper scope and have 8' of chain on my Delta fast set anchor. I generally am setting anchor in mud and sand bottoms. Any recommendations for an upgrade.
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Old 13-04-2020, 07:47   #2
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I recommend lots more chain as a start.
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Old 13-04-2020, 07:49   #3
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At least somewhat more chain is a good starting point, although likely not the primary issue in Long Island Sound mud. What size / weight is your Delta? Deltas aren't the best thing out there in mud, and there's a good chance yours is also on the small size, both of which would contribute to poor performance.
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Old 13-04-2020, 11:18   #4
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It looks like your powerboat’s bow is perhaps five or six feet up off the water. Are you including the height of the deck in your scope calculations? Chapman’s suggests using 5:1 anchor scope as a MINIMUM. In water that is 15’ deep at HIGH TIDE your height of deck would mean letting out at least 100' of anchor line - about three of your boat lengths. If the tide is coming in, it will need to be more. As others have suggested, 8’ of chain is probably not anywhere near sufficient, and you do not detail the weight of the chain. 3/8” would not be oversize, and we had 10’ of chain on our 19’ daysailer. There is also the question of your anchoring procedure, which hopefully includes backing down on the anchor to set it, and not just dropping it off the bow and waiting for the wind & current to pull you back as some seem to do.
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Old 13-04-2020, 13:55   #5
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Re: Anchorage

Here's a link to some anchor observations:

And here's a link to videos of anchors setting:

Both threads are long, but I think you'll come out of the research with a greater understanding and maybe able to figure out how you'd like to solve your problem.

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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, cheech.
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I had a Delta that always dragged in soft mud. I finally had enough and replaced it.
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