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Old 08-14-2012, 09:18 PM   #1
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Having different anchors is a good thing when cruising

Being a diehard Danforth guy, I had my main setup with a 35 danforth and all chain and the secondary with a 44 Delta 20 ft of chain and 3 strand nylon.
After a few attempts here in the Georgian Bay with not being able to set the Danforth due to weeds, I switched to the Delta.
Haven't had a problem setting in weeds since and that includes several days/night with 30 knot winds.
Once I am out of the Georgian, I WILL switch back to the Danforth but for now the Delta is King.
All depends on the bottom and I am glad I switched for now.
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Being a diehard Danforth guy, I had my main setup with a 35 danforth and all chain and the secondary with a 44 Delta 20 ft of chain and 3 strand nylon.
After a few attempts here in the Georgian Bay with not being able to set the Danforth due to weeds, I switched to the Delta.
Haven't had a problem setting in weeds since and that includes several days/night with 30 knot winds.
Once I am out of the Georgian, I WILL switch back to the Danforth but for now the Delta is King.
All depends on the bottom and I am glad I switched for now.
Over in the fortress thread it talks about danforths and weeds...after sharpening all of mine through the years, they set a lot better/more reliably.
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Old 08-15-2012, 06:14 AM   #3
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A Danforth is a style , a CQR is a very different style .

One of each style is fine , 2 of a similar style , why bother?
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Yes, read Danforth and Delta. 2 different styles.
I may try sharpening the Danforth over the winter...it could stand regalvanizing anyway.
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Yes, read Danforth and Delta. 2 different styles.
I may try sharpening the Danforth over the winter...it could stand regalvanizing anyway.
I agree! We have a Danforth, CQR, and a Forjord. When I walked the marina counting/looking at anchors on boats, K dock anchor survey, I notice that many where narrow sharp/pointed which might the reason they set easier? I plan to grind/sharpen the Forjord.
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Phil,
I tried a Fjorfjord once. Tried an XYZ in the same spot and then a Danforth. The Danforth hooked right up but neither of the others did. Often when set I suspect the Forfjord only has one fluke buried. They must drag in mud as many fishermen have extra fluke welded on to increase the fluke area. But of course all anchors drag in mud. The question is how MUCH do they drag in mud. Speaking of fishermen they love the Forfjord. If they haven't got one they are planning to get one. Sold mine to the first guy that came along.
As to the OP ... the greatest variable in anchoring is the bottom so having more than one type of anchor aboard is a plus. I carry at least 3 anchors most of the time. Had five on my last trip. It's kinda like what gun, golf club, tool or even what boat to take for a specific place.
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... the greatest variable in anchoring is the bottom so having more than one type of anchor aboard is a plus. I carry at least 3 anchors most of the time. Had five on my last trip. It's kinda like what gun, golf club, tool or even what boat to take for a specific place.
Now Eric, for someone as concerned as you are re unnecessary weight up front, why carry all that extra for various bottoms when with a SARCA (or maybe even a Rocna), you could dispense with all those, except perhaps for your trusty Danforth as a spare or for the stern, and you would save so much weight you could add more chain even. Give that contact Rex gave you a call. I reckon they must have some in stock up there by now.
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"Having different anchors is a good thing when cruising."

Having one anchor that works all the time is an even better thing.

I'm with Peter on this.
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Having one anchor that works all the time is an even better thing.



Till it fouls and you cut it free.

Then you head for the barn , or steam 24/7.

Great vacation.
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Till it fouls and you cut it free.

Then you head for the barn , or steam 24/7.

Great vacation.
I've heard of these things called "docks" and they're supposed to be found at "marinas" where it might be possible to pick up another anchor if need be. But maybe I'm dreaming.
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We roll-bar anchor users all have a spare...(I even admit mine's a Danforth)...it's just that they don't get a look in....never had to use it in 10 yrs.
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Peter ya got me again but I only had 2 anchors on the bow and they were on the deck where I like my anchors to be. All the others were aft where the Willard hull is very full and carries weight very well. To be sure it was unnecessary weight but I wanted to try a number of anchors on the trip. Only one anchor was over 22lbs ... the 35lb Dreadnought. I had it on the bow as I wanted people to see it. HAHA I can't believe I said that much less did that. I did use the XYZ most of the time but all the others got into the act as well.
And I knew you and Marin would respond as you did and I think you may have the best all around anchor and Marin's is very good as well (and he has a spare) but the rest of us have other anchors for other reasons. Marin has a Subaru and I wouldn't have one of them. He has (I'm sure) excellent reasons for his choice and I do for mine. We all have different needs and different opinions. And if I was to buy another anchor I'd get the SARCA but there are many kinds of bottoms all over the world I'm of the opinion that two different types of anchors on board is a good thing. But all those anchors on my trip was because it was significantly an anchor testing expedition.
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The QCR was the anchor that was on the bow when we bought the boat, and the danforth was on the deck. We tried the QCR but we just plowed up the bottom but the bottom was mud/sand, so we switch to the Danforth that stuck and held. So for 5+ years we used the Danforth 100% of the time. At most of the Mariana stuck us on the commercial dock, as we said we were a full displacement trawler, as we start sub renting during the summer on the Everett Commercial dock, where 90+% had Forjord anchors with all chain. So one of the commercial had a Forjord anchor in there storage shed, so I bought it for like 200 bucks, and stuck it on the bow. We have only anchors a couple of time with it but in calm weather.

I figure the Forjord is sort of between the QCR and the Dandforth as the flukes are long and narrow. It seem the big the boat the more navy type anchor are used. I took out the forward thrust on the bow thruster, yes forward thrust, so can carry more weight in the bow. I am tending to do with more chain than a bigger anchor? Anyway since we are on the commercial dock the Forjord is the anchor on the bow.

I prefer those things called DOCKS, rather than anchors, but if we start heading North we will be forced to anchor. Lastly I plan on using the stead sail at anchor to reduce the swing as a straight pull is better than a side pull, and a all chian rode at 3 to 5 scope. A straight pull, heave all chain road and scope has to be a big factor on how a anchor sets and holds?

Anchoring is still a big question/unknown to us.
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Marin has a Subaru and I wouldn't have one of them. He has (I'm sure) excellent reasons for his choice...
I do. One of the best, most proven engines and AWD drive trains on the planet.
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Phil,
Do you have a hydraulic winch? That would be a plus as you could put much heavier chain on the anchor end and nylon for the rest. And of course the nylon part could be 300' or more w 100' of heavy studded chain. If you're going to ADD weight to your rode the most effective place is in the anchor. Quite expensive but for larger craft they have a good rep .. that is the Manson Ray. Looks like a Bruce but it is'nt cast and I think the shape is somewhat different.
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I prefer those things called DOCKS,

When you steam to the right coast , do stop in Sag Harbor NY.

$6.00 per foot per night , metered electric extra.

Enjoy!
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I hope they have a fully stocked mini-bar at that rate.
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Marin has a Subaru and I wouldn't have one of them. He has (I'm sure) excellent reasons for his choice...


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I do. One of the best, most proven engines and AWD drive trains on the planet.
Snap! Our second car is a Subaru Outback also Eric, that's one vehicle even Jeremy Clarkson of (British) Top Gear says he approves of, and he's really picky...so maybe you better re-think your car preferences as well Eric...we can't all be wrong.
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Anchors and deploying the spare

Aquabelle weighs in at around 64,000lb. When we bought her the CQR she came with just wouldn't hold in anything other than mud. Replaced with a large #9 SARCA with all-chain 280' rode and have been very happy with it. (Image of a Sarca attached a bottom for those not familiar with this type.)

Spare is a Fortress/Guardian that we keep assembled and ready to go on the face of the portuguese bridge. It has 30' chain and 200' rope rode. We have never deployed this anchor and that is something I need to do to figure out how to do, because although the anchor winch has both a chain gypsy and a rope drum, only the chain gypsy aligns with the bow roller. I'm thinking of mounting a small roller on the bulwark in line with the rope drum....photos below. Anyone addressed this problem differently?
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I've talked about this before and there is winches that have both gypsy and capstan drum on the same side of the winch. WHY WOULD ANY MANUFACTURER DO IT ANY OTHER WAY??? Must be easier to make and thus cheaper.
One could put 2 vertical shafts w rollers for the line work. I see you have a very nice winch so would probably not want to change even if you could fine one w all the business on the same side. Perhaps I'm showing my ignorance ... is there a good reason why they make them the way they do?
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