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Old 09-02-2014, 12:15 PM   #141
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Here's a laugh for ya! But, there is method to my madness... and... it works very well for SF Delta Slough/Island needs apparent!!

The following link to an itty bitty (silly little) anchor is what I use when bow is pulled firmly into tules on any SF Delta island edge where water depth goes from “0” feet to 10 +/- feet in 6 +/- foot horizontal travel. By rear of boat 20’ +/- depth is the norm (this island edge depth pattern happens on lee side of island current flows in “curved” sloughs). I have 5/8” line attached to this super lightweight anchor and play cowboy by standing at bow nose and throwing (flinging some 40’) the anchor into island’s mass of tule and bush/small-tree growth. Then I pull back by hand till it fetches. Then I pull back tighter with windless till it is so firmly hooked into top-growth that it cannot be retrieved in that manner. I then let out a few more feet of line and back boat away from edge of island. For anchor removal I simply back down with boat till anchor is pulled free and haul it in to stow for next trip to an island edge.

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The following Popular Science article depicts (pictures included) the “Viking” (old school) aluminum anchor I use as rear-anchor when required. It’s light weight and has good holding power in mud much like a Fortress anchor; but, Viking does not have 45 degree shank to fluke angle capability (such as the Fortress does). I have 10’ chain and couple hundred feet 5/8 line that sits in a mobile feed box for easy deployment and line storage during retrieval. Nice heavy duty SS clip is attached to the chain end so the rode and anchor can be easily stowed separately. When not used the Viking anchor sits in rail hooks on bow and rode/chain box stores on fly bridge.

http://books.google.com/books?id=FAEAAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA46&lpg=PA46&dq=viking+a nchor+aluminum&source=bl&ots=nKGuA_VoGN&sig=IPpOnp txASoPgQRu_Bs_oyOzM5Q&hl=en&sa=X&ei=QuAFVPSHNIy7gg T98YD4Bg&ved=0CDwQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=viking%20anch or%20aluminum&f=false

In addition: I have 25 lb. and 30 lb. Danforths ready to deploy if needed.

Still thinking about purchasing a Fortress FX-23 because of its 45 degree shank to fluke angle capability. I believe that angle should hold best in SF Delta mud. There is an FX-16 on boat couple slips down… Viking we currently use has more sq. inch that it does on flukes.

Happy Anchor Daze! - Art
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Old 09-02-2014, 01:45 PM   #142
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Art: I've got an FX-23 (unused) that I sell to ya if I can find a decent priced FX-37.
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Old 09-02-2014, 02:07 PM   #143
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Art: I've got an FX-23 (unused) that I sell to ya if I can find a decent priced FX-37.
Sure Larry; sounds great!

Only prob is 3,000 mile shipping cost (both ways)... even if I could locally locate and inspect a "37" for ya.

Why not use the "23" on your KK? Too small?? I believe 42' is upper recommended limit for "23".

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PS: Keep me in mind on your 23 if you find a 37 and with shipping there were to still be savings!
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Old 09-02-2014, 02:27 PM   #144
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Art: I've got an FX-23 (unused) that I sell to ya if I can find a decent priced FX-37.
FWIW we have an FX23 in a mount on our swimstep/transom. We use it as a stern anchor because its light weight encourages us to use it as opposed to the very heavy no-name Danforth type that came with the boat.

However, we sized the Fortress and its rode to be the main anchor for the boat. The combination rode is kept in a covered milk crate on the aft deck so it and the Fortress can easliy be carried forward and used as the main anchor if we choose to.

For a boat the size and windage of yours, however, a larger Fortress than the FX23 might be prudent, particularly if you anchor in softer bottoms in potentially windy locations.
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Old 09-08-2014, 08:27 AM   #145
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I posted this here because I didn't want to interfere with Brian's great thread about the Chesapeake anchor testing.

My preference for the Sarca EX-CEL had to do with several things. I thank Rex for working with me to make it happen.
  • It would fit my bowsprit with no modification
  • It was sized properly for the boat
  • I trusted the test results
  • It is made of robust materials
  • I determined it would give the best all around performance in varying bottom types

This gives me my Delta and Danforth as backups. I think the three are a great combination.

Because of some issues at home, I have not been back to my boat since receiving it. I can't wait to try it. After seeing it and studying its features, I feel strongly that it was the right decision.

Hopefully, Anchor Right will have a US distributor before too long.
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Old 09-08-2014, 09:41 AM   #146
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Don: I know how anxious you are to exercise your new ground tackle. Why don't I stop by the boat and pick-up the Sarca, and I'll give it a go while you're taking care of things up there. We'll connect again after you've gotten back to the boat. Better yet. where do you keep the keys?
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Old 09-08-2014, 10:20 AM   #147
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Don: I know how anxious you are to exercise your new ground tackle. Why don't I stop by the boat and pick-up the Sarca, and I'll give it a go while you're taking care of things up there. We'll connect again after you've gotten back to the boat. Better yet. where do you keep the keys?
Larry, I certainly appreciate your generous offer. However, the EX-CEL is not on the boat. It is with me at all times for safe keeping. With so rare a speciman one can't be too careful. There are people out there that would say anything to get their hands on it. I hope present company is excluded, but one can't be too careful. Can one?
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Old 09-08-2014, 10:48 AM   #148
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NEWS FLASH...

There's a new DESIGN anchor coming on the market. It's been secretly used and well tested by police and DEA boats!

Anchor Name: "Hold It Buddy" (some times referred to as Book em Dano!).

Known to penetrate even the toughest surfaces in any district. Quick on the draw for deployment, however, very hard to get away from if chain or rode entangles a mate. Can at times be overridden by legal means. Will not interfere with coffee and "Breaking News" at breakfast. CG loves it and usually will give a "pass" to any boat carrying such.

Now - Back to regular program... "What, elusive, anchor design can ever top Danforth - or - Fortress (i.e. Danforth on Steroids)???"
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Old 09-11-2014, 06:21 AM   #149
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I have 5/8” line attached to this super lightweight anchor

A small anchor with heavy line works like a steel cable , no stretch.

Most times probably 3/8 or 7/16 line would give a better ability to stretch in the puffs, and lower the shock load on the anchor.
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Finally

Today, Sept. 30, 2014, the Sarca Ex-Cel is on the bow of Moonstruck. The fit was as Rex said. Hopefully, Thursday there will be some time to go out and test it on some different bottom types. We are very close to winding up the upgrades and changes on Moonstruck. The exterior wood finishing is done. Everything above the newly painted hull has been buffed and ready for polish.

Let this years cruising season begin !!!!!
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Don, I'll trade you a set of worn out dock lines for that rusty old Delta.

Time for you to cruise south and visit me.
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Don, I'll trade you a set of worn out dock lines for that rusty old Delta.

Time for you to cruise south and visit me.
Thinking January Parks.
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Today, Sept. 30, 2014, the Sarca Ex-Cel is on the bow of Moonstruck. The fit was as Rex said. Hopefully, Thursday there will be some time to go out and test it on some different bottom types. We are very close to winding up the upgrades and changes on Moonstruck. The exterior wood finishing is done. Everything above the newly painted hull has been buffed and ready for polish.

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Go Don - GO!!
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"Thinking January Parks."
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