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Old 03-17-2012, 11:56 PM   #1
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Your dinghy's anchor, or not

Well, what are your thoughts about carrying an anchor in your dinghy?* If you do, what type/size of anchor and length/type of rhode do you employ (describe you dinghy, please)?* If carried only on occasion, when do you do and do not carry it?*

Never having a dinghy (but contemplating one, probably an 8-foot hard), I can't say for me, but would appreciate your input.
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Old 03-18-2012, 12:18 AM   #2
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RE: Your dinghy's anchor, or not

After reading the thread about the drifting boat in the Carquinez strait, I purchased an 8lb mushroom anchor at Bass Pro Shops and 70' of 1/4" braided line. Takes up nearly no room at all in our 8' Livingston and provides me with a little peace of mind.
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Old 03-18-2012, 12:19 AM   #3
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RE: Your dinghy's anchor, or not

I carry one of these when we are going to fish from the dinghy or use it as a base for snorkelling, or when we are wanting to leave it in one place for a time, and where there might not be a decent beach or back to pull it up on.

http://www.precisionmarine.com.au/an...sesreefanchor/
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Old 03-18-2012, 04:44 AM   #4
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RE: Your dinghy's anchor, or not

One of those tiny Fortress helps to hold the dink off some rough water docks.
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Old 03-18-2012, 05:14 AM   #5
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RE: Your dinghy's anchor, or not

I carry a reef pick like Peter B has and also a small sand anchor for anchoring off the beach when I go ashore
I like to leave my dinghy aout in the water a bit as she is 12' and with 15 hp on the back a bit heavy for the boss and I to drag down the beach.
I have a set of wheels mounted on the transome but they dig in a bit and not allways helpfull
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Old 03-18-2012, 05:24 AM   #6
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RE: Your dinghy's anchor, or not

Here's the perfect dinghy anchor!

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http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs...classNum=50754
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RE: Your dinghy's anchor, or not

We carry a folding grapnel for beaching. Easy to stow.
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Old 03-18-2012, 05:58 AM   #8
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RE: Your dinghy's anchor, or not

We have a small danforth, but rarely take it.* Have never anchored our dinghy.* Suppose if we used it for fishing it would be important.

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Old 03-18-2012, 06:52 AM   #9
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RE: Your dinghy's anchor, or not

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We carry a folding grapnel for beaching. Easy to stow.


I'll second that. Ours is made by Seafit.

We had a mushroom but the poly coating got a slice in it and it rusted from the inside.
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Old 03-18-2012, 10:17 AM   #10
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RE: Your dinghy's anchor, or not

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We carry a folding grapnel for beaching. Easy to stow.
*Third with 20 ft of 3/8 double braid.
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Old 03-18-2012, 10:38 AM   #11
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RE: Your dinghy's anchor, or not

Small Danforth four feet light chain and 50' 3/8 line. Mainly four fishing and crabbing.
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Old 03-18-2012, 12:27 PM   #12
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RE: Your dinghy's anchor, or not

A 2kg. Bruce (here we go again) with 200' of 1/4" Samson braid. Never anchored in the water but use it on the beach so the tide has no effect on where we leave the dinghy.
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Old 03-18-2012, 12:28 PM   #13
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Your dinghy's anchor, or not

We have a 12lb coated mushroom anchor and about 30 ft. of line. When we go to the beach and I tilt up the motor ( a 25hp Merc.) the rode is tied off on the transom lifting ring, drop off the back and use the oars for a couple of strokes and step off the bow with the tow line, after my wife is out, the boat springs back out a few feet and then i tie it off on log or a rock. If we are staying on shore for very long I can reset the anchor farther out or if the tide is coming in I just pull the boat in with the tow line, the anchor will drag along the bottom. When we leave the anchor and rode stow in the bow locker, BTW our tender is 11ft RIB.


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Old 03-18-2012, 12:50 PM   #14
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RE: Your dinghy's anchor, or not

We have used a folding grapnel like David for years. Flukes fold in for easy storage in the forward dink locker. One hundred feet of nylon line and you're set! Perfect for the slower currents in the delta.
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Your dinghy's anchor, or not

I have the same set up as Peter, stowed in the forward locker.


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RE: Your dinghy's anchor, or not

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Well, what are your thoughts about carrying an anchor in your dinghy?* If you do, what type/size of anchor and length/type of rhode do you employ (describe you dinghy, please)?* If carried only on occasion, when do you do and do not carry it?*

Never having a dinghy (but contemplating one, probably an 8-foot hard), I can't say for me, but would appreciate your input.
*Have the same 2 kg anchor with 10' of 3/8 chain (had it on hand) and 50' of 3/8 line.

Rob*

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RE: Your dinghy's anchor, or not

we have a little grapnel that we use with whatever long line we have handy.* We have a very small (8') hard bottom inflatable.* There is not really anywhere to put anything in our dinghy so we bring the anchor*along in a bag if we think we might need it.
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Old 03-18-2012, 07:23 PM   #18
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We carry a folding grapnel for beaching. Easy to stow.
We started using the same sort of thing a few years ago when a friend gave us one.* I'm not sure how well it would work a an actual anchor--- if anyone has used one as a deploy-it-and-set-it anchor I'd be interested to hear how well it worked..* It does real well dug in or hooked on a beach by hand be it sand, gravel, rock, drift logs, etc.*

And it can come in handy as a grapnel.* Our friend used his once to recover another boater's boarding ladder that had fallen overboard.

My guess is that somehting like a small Fortress or Danforth would better as an actual anchor.* One problem I could see with a small Bruce, Claw, plow, Rocna, etc is they don't stow flat.


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Old 03-18-2012, 07:25 PM   #19
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RE: Your dinghy's anchor, or not

For years we have used a small folding grapnel anchor and about 10' of small chain. For part of the rode we use all bungee shock cord. We carry a second* line that is used to secure to the other end of the dinghy which is about 100' in length, we drop the anchor and* pay out the bungee rode on the way to the beach.. then when the admiral is on the beach with the rope rode I pull in a lot of the bungee and really stretch the line tight. When I step ashore we let the boat go and it rides off shore.. and we tie the land side off to the nearest fixed object.* This assures that with the big tidal swings and the oyster shell covered beaches that the dinghy is still floating and doesn't suffer a blown tube due to the sharp shells. The bungee needs to be replaced every few years due to sun degradation and abrasion.

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Old 03-18-2012, 07:34 PM   #20
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RE: Your dinghy's anchor, or not

Don't know if what we use is the same as the "folding grapnel" anchor others have talked about here. This is what we use. I've not tried it as a "real" anchor, only as a beach anchor. Is this the same or similar to what Hollywood, Jennifer, Dave, etc. have been talking about?
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