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Old 07-17-2016, 07:12 AM   #181
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I only have room for one anchor on the bow.
My boat is 21000 lbs, four foot draft and ten feet of house above the water.
I travel up the east coast annually from Florida to New England.
I am willing to pay the price.
What is the best anchor to buy???
The most expensive one you can find is surely the best, as proven by all the folks buying it.
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Old 07-17-2016, 07:14 AM   #182
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no...but you state something like it is fact...every time anchor testing is done, every new anchor, every new poster, new anchor setting pictures and videos seem to disprove the earlier "facts"...

So I am just disputing the "smaller anchors set faster" statement unless you or anyone else can prove that without a doubt.

If it's your opinion...that's OK too....and I don't think it is a relevant general consensus.

But based on your anchoring success......
But I saw a video. And we all know that videos are better than facts
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Old 07-17-2016, 09:03 AM   #183
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See post 156. We've come full circle.
Interesting ....
Setting it hard.

Well if you set a Claw hard enough it very likely would be significantly unset ... more or more ready to break out. Re Steve's vids and loads of Bruce/Claw testimony of countless posts.
But most anchors generally tend to penetrate deeper because it's so hard to pull them out .. or start the breakout process.
How hard to set may be a much more important part of anchor deployment that we have'nt paid enough attention to. That may be worth exploring.
All anchors can be pulled out. Anchors can go as deep as they're going to go and be in a position to hold a boat as well as they can. Reaching a maximum performance set. Exceeding that one would come closer to breaking out .. until it happens. I've done that w a Claw .. decide to set a bit more and the line goes slack. But most of us probably think in terms of a much lighter set than max penetration but foggy obviously is'nt "most of us".

But I don't think foggy is setting that hard. He had a Supreme that is almost the best holding anchor there is but as Steve's tests showed the anchor is sensitive to clogging. Could be the area foggy is in has a lot of bottom growth. My experience w bottom growth is minimal because most of my anchoring has probably been in Alaska. And w Alaska's tides one doesn't tend to anchor shallow. I gravitate to about 40'. Even at that one is surly going to swing over 15' deep water and the tides are over 20'. However I have'nt anchored much in shallow water and it seems that's where bottom weed/growth is mostly found.

Setting at too short a scope could bring about consistant poor anchor performance. A combination of short scope setting and all line rode could insure bad anchor performance but I don't think foggy is doing that. Probably should check. A combination of two undesirables re deployment practices could definitely deal him a consistantly bad hand. I'm just throwing out guesses. Probably need more information from foggy to nail this down.
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Old 07-17-2016, 09:09 AM   #184
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Hi foggysail...I don't remember if you mentioned this, but what depths are you anchoring in, how much rode are you putting out, how high is your bow above the water, are you accounting for bow height when calculating scope, and are you accounting for tidal range when calculating scope?

I'm thinking if anchoring in relatively shallow water any height variables like tide, not accounting for bow height, or wave surge will have a dramatic effect on scope which could result in an anchor getting "plucked" out of the bottom in a more vertical aspect than anticipated.

We have thick & oozy mud here instead of what sounds like the grass root reinforced wet concrete balls you're describing.
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Old 07-17-2016, 11:18 AM   #185
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I read back ..
He's setting w twin 454 gas engines I assume he's setting above idle as he mentions the "454" engines numerous times as if "I've got lots of power" and I'm not bashful about using it.

Perhaps laying out the rode on the bottom and letting the wind set may get him better results.

foggysail,
Since you're Supreme was'nt so supreme perhaps you'd like to try one of mine. I could build one up for you complete w sticker shock. Sticker shock is because of the thread title. Less clogging w no roll bar. But you haven't made any cloggytales.

If we ever think you're not truthful in the future we can call you "foggytale" ?
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Old 07-17-2016, 01:24 PM   #186
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What would the world be like without a Guru! He just has to show all how much he thinks he knows just to keep his title. But Gurus often slip just as anchors do and when you're an anchor Guru sometimes your thoughts get muddy.
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Old 07-17-2016, 01:29 PM   #187
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seriously? do you know how you earn the title "guru" in your member avatar?
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Old 07-17-2016, 02:21 PM   #188
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Foggy,
You sound offended.
Is'nt the first time that happened.
Had this mod anchor for some time and tried it out a coupla days ago. Ran-er up to 1800 for well over a minute. Line was twangy tight and no drag. So I was puffed up enough to do show and tell.

Don't mind w the Guru stuff. I was very much not liking it years ago but there's so many new people here now it's the only way I can rise up above the crowd ... but I rarely think about it. You'll probably be a Guru in a few weeks but enjoy your freedom now because guru status is irreversable as far as I know.
So now that I've got your attention at what rpm do you set those big boy hooks?
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Old 07-17-2016, 02:30 PM   #189
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Eric--

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Old 07-17-2016, 02:49 PM   #190
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Eric--

I run the engines up to about 1000, starting gently moving up with RPM and not staying long at the higher RPM, I don't want to cause any structural problems. And I want to mention that Steve's videos were important to someone making an anchor purchase choice. There is just one thing though that his videos I believe lead to a misunderstanding.

For example, in his MS video where he did a 180, the anchor quickly resets. If the bottom is muddy and muddy it is at Tashmo, the anchor can be chucked full of mud. His videos although very good showed the anchor basically clean of mud. When there is mud buildup on it, the anchor's resetting distance will be as long as it takes to get the tip clean enough to reset. In my case it had not reset for over a 40 drag as measured on my GPS.

Water depth--- again at Tashmo, the depth where I was anchored is about 8' at high tide so add another 4 for bow height for a total of 12'. I had over 60' of chain out there. I really think the reasons for the anchor not immediately resetting was because it was choked with mud.

When we left the next morning, I dragged the anchor along with about 5 feet of chain under engine to clean off mud.

Enough of anchors for awhile :-)
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Foggy,
OK good.
I've often wondered how dragging the anchor along under the boat would clear off the mud. Never done it as I fear tangling the light nylon line up in the prop.
Steve has a very nice sand/mud combination to work with. Any other bottom may have very different results. But having an anchor w the greatest range of bottom dealing ability is best as the biggest variable in anchoring is the bottom .... not the anchor.
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Old 07-19-2016, 06:02 AM   #192
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"I've often wondered how dragging the anchor along under the boat would clear off the mud."

This is a standard procedure we use as well as many owners. We carefully drag the anchor slightly below the water line, watching to insure it does not hit the boat. Usually works quite well.

"But having an anchor with the greatest range of bottom dealing ability is best..."

Correct.

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Old 07-19-2016, 08:14 AM   #193
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There do not appear to be many Ultra users on here. I have a 16 kg, 34 pound ultra for a 44 foot boat and have never had an issue coming unglued.
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Steve Bedford,
Where is your commercial plaque that is below the avatar? Most commercial members display the dark red window looking plaque.
Wish we knew more about the Max. Anchor manufacturers often say surface area of fluke is proportional to holding power. But of course where the fluke winds up in the substrate has a lot to do w holding and the angle of the fluke relative to the rode is also more of less (I'd say mor) critical .. and quite a few other variables as well. But the fluke area is frequently called out as being the "most" important. And I must say your Max has huge fluke area. However the percentage of fluke area per pound of anchor indicates that all non-fluke appendages be as small or/and light as possible. The anchor that goes to the greatest extreme in this regard is the XYZ .. "Extreme". But the XYZ has done poorly in tests. IMO they don't test the right version of XYZ anchor.
However my reservation about your Max would be setting that very wide fkuke. Most flukes are very pointed. The Max anchor fluke gave me the notion to affix a wide fluke tip on one of my XYZ anchors and it has only failed to set once ... and that was on grass.
Why or how the Max sets could be much like the Claw as when it lands it must lean on it's side kinda like the Claw and engages the "corners" of the fluke. That could be a clue as to how the big fluke sets. But unlike the Claw the Max has huge fluke area. Don't recall seeing any recent showings in anchor tests but if I was marketing an anchor I'd be very very wary of submiting to the tests as there's so many variables. One's offering can do poorly depending variables beyond the control of the manufacturer. Mostly the bottom and the way the anchor is deployed.
Does the Max fluke engage the bottom sitting upright like a SUPER SARCA or does the cornner or fluke edge lead the way into the substrate? I suspect the corner does.

PS, I just read an old anchor test and it appears setting is absolutely not an issue w the Max anchor. It set very well every time in the test.
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Old 07-19-2016, 11:08 AM   #195
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There do not appear to be many Ultra users on here. I have a 16 kg, 34 pound ultra for a 44 foot boat and have never had an issue coming unglued.
There aren't many Ultra users as 99% of us find that other anchors work so well at about 1/5th the price that one could easily say it's a waste of money. Many (perhaps even most) think that re their Danforths and Claws work very well (or well enough) to not justifying spending large sums of money on anchors that are cheap compared to the Ultra. I don't drive a Jaguar and I don't have an Ultra.

However I read that they work very well and are the most beautiful anchor ever seen by me. But if you can find one for $150 I'll stop eating breakfast and head out w cash in hand.
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I drive A five-year-old Kia. Sounds like I need to up my ride, to keep up with that anchor.
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I have an Ultra, but I will just keep my old 500sl for now, had an XKE in the 70ís hope the new ones are better...
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Pura Vida,
I even had a Jaguar XK140 roadster in the early 70's. Sold and traded everything I owned at the time to get that car.

Fletcher,
Who needs to keep up w what? Kia's are getting real good real fast from what I read. Even luxo. I ain't part'in w my 87 Nissan either .. love driving it ... 287Kmi though.
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Old 07-21-2016, 09:36 AM   #199
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Ahh yes ..
Very interesting ...
The high percentage of weight on the edge of the fluke while on it's side ... is a successful formula for a number of other anchors as well. My bad .. did'nt visualize the Max on it's side.
What's your opinion on smaller anchors may work or work better or work better by penetrating deeper. In the PS test I have that features the Max it's by far the biggest and heaviest anchor. The specs presented in that test list the Max as having an 18lb anchor. Do you offer smaller anchors now?
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9 times out of 10, the anchor will settle to one side or the other. The one remaining time is on the center of the fluke. Either direction provides immediate seabed penetration. The PS test may not have had the full range of sizes that we have now. My anchors now range in size from 7lbs to 115 lbs. Our history has always been to not skimp on size and weight. Most anchoring "experts" agree that it is best to have the largest possible anchor you, your vessel, and your equipment can handle. We do not undersize for sure.

Regarding a smaller or lighter anchor digging deeper than perhaps a larger or heavier anchor, my opinion is more to the anchor design and setting technique. If the design of anchor is such that it accentuates deeper penetration under load then it will dig deeper. If the anchor design is not the most conducive to digging deeper under strain then it does not matter the weight or size of the anchor. In soft mud and ooze a heavier anchor, designed well, will begin to penetrate before the setting process begins.

As I have said in the past, there are many excellent anchors out there for the consumer to choose from. I will not discredit any other anchor or criticize an owner for their choice of anchor. All I can do is report on and promote the qualities of our anchor (which I believe are excellent) and allow the consumer to decide. Also as I have said, an owner should be passionately confident in their own choice of anchor and I respect that. They have to trust the anchor on their bow because they have to believe that anchor will keep them safe and perhaps save their life. If they do not believe that about their anchor, "then perhaps we can talk!"

Thanks for the questions and comments. I learn more from every question and exchange. Y'all make me think!

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