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Old 04-01-2016, 10:24 AM   #21
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The anchor setting vids only cover several anchors.

Any of these will do in alphabetical order.

Rocna
SARCA
Spade
Supreme

I would include the Excel, Boss and Vulcan if more testing was done but I'm quite sure either one will also perform as you wish.

HOWEVER I would advise to have other anchors "as needed" and preferably w differing abilities re bottom type and wind and surge or swell. One anchor (preferably on the bow) should be excellent at short scope.

My vote for the best single anchor on the bow intended to do everything very well with the probable exception short scope performance. The four represent (IMO) the best for you relative to your needs stated. Once you pick an anchor size can be considered.
1. SARCA
2. Spade
3. Supreme
4. Rocna

A third anchor on board that excels in mud like a Fortress is almost a must.
This is all an evolving opinion.
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Old 04-01-2016, 10:42 AM   #22
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It's a second line fastened to the opposite end of the anchor (the working end) and a floating ball at the surface. If the anchor hangs up, it is sometimes possible to pull it loose with this second line. It's often called a "trip line" and you can get a better description of how it works with a web search.
Thanks WesK. When I searched for an anchor float all I found were systems to help raise small anchors without a windless on a fast boat. That didn't seem to be right. Now I know what to search for.
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Old 04-01-2016, 10:51 AM   #23
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After an absurd amount of time reading "anchor opinions" all over the Internet I selected a Rocna Vulcan.
One reason-it fit on my bow.
I'll let you know how it works as soon as I actually get it wet-a month or so.
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Old 04-01-2016, 10:57 AM   #24
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Thanks WesK. When I searched for an anchor float all I found were systems to help raise small anchors without a windless on a fast boat. That didn't seem to be right. Now I know what to search for.
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Old 04-01-2016, 01:34 PM   #25
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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???
I have relied on "Bruce" anchors for primary since 1981. My 38 ft Helmsman probably weighs close to 38,000 lbs loaded and I have a 45 lb ss "Bruce" clone with 300 ft of 1/4" HT chain. I carry a 15 lb Fortress with 20 ft of 3/8" chain and 250 ft of 5/16" nylon 3 strand rode as backup. The backup has never been used. The bruce has a near perfect record of setting first time, never dragging, and reliably resetting itself if wind or current shifts. In my cruising area, bottom conditions vary from mud to sand to rock. The Bruce doesn't foul with weeds as much as the Danforth type, and is much stronger.
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Old 04-01-2016, 06:20 PM   #26
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Bought a Mantus last summer. Could not be more pleased. While other boats were not holding in strong wind and wave the Mantus did. Have a Bruce as back up but I find no comparison. You drop it and your done. No worries!
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I agree. Call Parks at Hopkins Carter.

I got my Delta from him and frankly have seen no data which shows a $1000+ anchor is significantly better then the Delta I got from Parks.

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If the anchor is going to hang off the bow, I would recommend one of the modern scoop style anchors. They hold well and self launch when you slack the rode.
My personal preference would be for a Rocna or Vulcan but those are the ones I sell. The others on the market seem to be very good as well.

If you want to try a Rocna or Vulcan on your bow to see how it fits, it doesn't take much to talk me into driving over to Punta Gorda.
Then why did you sell me that Delta?
Was it because I wanted value and not hype?

Shame on you for giving the customer what they need and not what you want.
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If the OP is willing to pay $$$$$$, then my anchor, a 60 pound Manson Supreme has never let me down, time proven, knows the drill (well trained) and is a bargain at $1500.....I was only going to take $2000, but a few rust spots from use are a slight detractor....


I'll part with the best for such a reasonable sum because I will take the proper time and energy to train it's replacement....
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For the record I have a Delta on my boat.
I think the Delta is still a good value.
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My vote for the best single anchor on the bow intended to do everything very well with the probable exception short scope performance. The four represent (IMO) the best for you relative to your needs stated. Once you pick an anchor size can be considered.
1. SARCA
2. Spade
3. Supreme
4. Rocna

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But Eric, what anchor is on your bow? I've always associated you with a claw.
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Old 04-01-2016, 08:22 PM   #32
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My twin axial, versa-articulating mega-mod Fortress Ultra ZX has never let me down. Seriously though, regardless of scoop I might use on the pulpit, a standard backup is a Fort FX 37 for bow and 23 for stern.
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Second the Mantus or similar anchor. 45 lb Mantus barely fits on my roller but I was so pleased with it on my previous boat I put a Delta 45 on it and kept the Mantus.

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Larry, your anchor needs a Flux Gate Regulator.
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Old 04-01-2016, 10:00 PM   #36
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Kevin, how about a close up picture of it on your anchor roller when you have a chance?
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Kevin, how about a close up picture of it on your anchor roller when you have a chance?
I traded my Genuine Bruce for a Sarca Excel, have not had as much anchor time as Kevin but really like it the few times we used it last year. This year it should get a good workout, here are some photos on our PT38 of the Bruce and Excel.
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This is an 80 lb model. I have 550' of 5/16 HT chain.

The boat is 53' OAL, approx 40,000 lbs, medium windage
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And remember, an anchor is something that you might eventually lose. You don't want to leave a $1000 anchor on the bottom.
Precisely the reason why I felt it was so important that Steve, in his 'anchor setting videos', was able to reassure folk that the rock slot on the Super Sarca was safe to use. (Which he has done, and rather well, page 17, post 323). Because if you are not using it for fear of it tripping at a bad time, Murphy's law dictates that would be when it fouled, and, as you say, good anchors are not cheap.
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Thanks for the photos. Kevin, I think your anchor pulpit design has a slot. That is similar to the boat that I am likely buying. Here is a photo, not the same boat but the same design. My boat also has about a 45 lbs CQR copy on it now like this boat does.

That excel seems like it would fit.
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