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Old 03-15-2015, 02:57 PM   #41
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That Marsh anchor is amazing in it's simplicity.
Tubular stock I assume.
Makes me want to start cutting metal.
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Old 03-15-2015, 05:42 PM   #42
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Ok - I'll jump into the foray. Here is mine.

It’s a 17kg (37 pound) Marsh stockless type made right here in Adelaide, Ausralia.



I'd be fairly sure there are no other active TF members that have the same go-to anchor. But they are on the bow of probably 40% of the boats around here (including most of the fishing boats)

The reason is because of the broken limestone bottom we have in the local waters. Sometimes bare limestone, sometimes weed covered, sometimes sand covered, sometimes reefy.

These anchors are able to get down through the weed or sand and grab onto the limestone ledges. An admiralty anchor also works but not as well.

I'm sure my anchor wouldn't hold very well in mud, but there isn't any around here except for one protected harbour that I know of.
I know we have been punked here, nevertheless this is an interesting KISS type of anchor ... who sells them? Any links?

My conditions are similar, broken limestone and/or granite bottom covered with silt and weeds. Looks like that Marsh anchor would cut thru the weeds much better than my Delta. I am sick of cleaning this sea salad after every night on the hook!

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Old 03-15-2015, 07:34 PM   #43
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At least Richard W`s pic was not taken underwater by a nymph.
Anchors are "horses for courses". I had no idea we had another Aussie anchor designer/ manufacturer until I saw Auscan`s post.
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Well, if I could only have one, I guess I'd go with the Ronco.
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Old 03-15-2015, 10:10 PM   #45
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Well, if I could only have one, I guess I'd go with the Ronco.
Do you have to use a swivel with the Ronco or can you shackle a rode directly to it? Also, given our sometimes foul bottoms in this region, I'm a bit concerned there is no attach point for a trip line.

However, I've heard there is an improved version of the Anchormatic coming out soon so perhaps I'll wait to see if it includes this important feature.
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[QUOTE=Richard W;316805]I know we have been punked here, nevertheless this is an interesting KISS type of anchor ... who sells them? Any links?

My conditions are similar, broken limestone and/or granite bottom covered with silt and weeds. Looks like that Marsh anchor would cut thru the weeds much better than my Delta. I am sick of cleaning this sea salad after every night on the hook!




They are made in Adelaide by Industrial Engineers & Springs. Here is a link
Industrial Springs - Aurora Springs
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You'd be surprised at the number of Sarca's I've seen on local boats that have bent tips.
Auscan, just curious, but are you sure those Sarcas have bent tips from anchoring damage as it were, or is it possible you have mistakenly assumed their naturally downwards angled tip was from anchoring stresses. They are made with a distinct downwards angle of the tip on purpose just so it digs in readily. You might be able to compare what you saw with mine here…
Oh dear…hang on…I find out of the several pics I have of my Sarca, not one shows the tip. I must correct that. Watch this space…

PS. Actualy you can see a hint of it in that pic Healhustler posted - 3rd anchor from right.
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I was actually browsing through the West Marine catalog last night because I'm thinking about buying a new anchor for my recently-purchased boat. Being a newbie here, I was a little hopeful when I saw this thread title this morning, but...

It seems like the general consensus is that there is no "right" anchor. So, I'm just going to go with the prettiest.

How about this one?
Intended use: Sand/weedy bottom, occasional mud when I go farther inshore.
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I was actually browsing through the West Marine catalog last night because I'm thinking about buying a new anchor for my recently-purchased boat. Being a newbie here, I was a little hopeful when I saw this thread title this morning, but...

It seems like the general consensus is that there is no "right" anchor. So, I'm just going to go with the prettiest.

How about this one?
Intended use: Sand/weedy bottom, occasional mud when I go farther inshore.
Nothing wrong with that anchor for the sand and semi-hard bottoms, sets well and works great on a bow roller on and off without any help. Priced well below the fancy high end stuff, get it at least one size larger then they recommend for your boat.

I think you should have at least two quality anchors sized at least one larger then your boat.

The two should be opposite from each other, like the plow (I have a Delta on the bow currently) and a good Dan-forth at the ready. The idea is that if one doesn't like the conditions (hard time setting) the other will perform better in those conditions.

The idea is to have at least two different anchors for different conditions.

The first anchor should be chosed for the normal opperating conditions you are likely to be in (if possable). I am in sand then to a lesseor digree mud hence my choices.

Folks will have their own opinions as well, based on their own experiences, none wrong.

It is a wonderful world having such great choices.
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Thanks Scott. That will probably be the way I go. I already have a Danforth-type anchor that came with the boat, but the shank is bent a little and doesn't fit too good on the bow roller. I'll probably straighten the shank and keep it onboard as a spare.
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One anchor? Personally, I'd go for a shiny one....:-)

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AusCan,
The Marsh Stockless is a lot like the old Dreadnought and Navy anchors. Also similar to the Forfjord.

1. An active fishboat in Alaska that uses the Dreadnought anchor. There
are probably 15 or so boats in Craig using the Dreadnought.
2. This is a 45lb dread that I had but was bent. I later found a 35lb Dread. I still have the 35 and it sets instantly. The shank (and the rest of it too) is solid steel. It's long too and being so heavy minimizes the need for
chain ... so I've heard.
3. Two boats in Petersburg w Forfjords.

Heron is that a Manson Ray?
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Auscan, just curious, but are you sure those Sarcas have bent tips from anchoring damage as it were, or is it possible you have mistakenly assumed their naturally downwards angled tip was from anchoring stresses. They are made with a distinct downwards angle of the tip on purpose just so it digs in readily. .
Yes Peter, I realize that they come with a slight (about a 10 degree?) bend, but I've seen them much more angled. There is one boat a few slips down from me with about a 45 degree bend on his tip. I'll see if I can get a photo when I get home.
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Mr Jim, the Delta is not a bad choice. I've had one on Possum's bow for about twenty five years. I also carry two other anchors but they've never gotten wet. The Delta is the one that falls off the bow when I push the windlass button and I've never felt the need for one of the others.

I recently started selling Rocna and Vulcan anchors in my store. I'm going to give the Vulcan a try, I've heard good things about scoop style anchors and the Vulcan just looks so cool!
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One anchor? Personally, I'd go for a shiny one....:-)
Now that's what I was talking about.

Oooooohh, shiny...
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Found the anchor, now I'm looking for a windlass!
Your windlass...
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It seems like the general consensus is that there is no "right" anchor. So, I'm just going to go with the prettiest.

DELTA ANCHOR PICTURE

How about this one?
Intended use: Sand/weedy bottom, occasional mud when I go farther inshore.
YMMV but DELTA does not work for me ... see my post above. My boat likes to swing on anchor and drags the anchor a lot in my bottom conditions. I have added more chain and tried symmetrical and asymmetrical bridle, got less boat swing but the anchor still drags more than I like. There is a DELTA anchor somewhere inside that sea salad harvested from the bottom.



Did some research and for my conditions I will try Fortress (Danforth variation) anchor this season. Will post my observations in the fall. One or another, or both if need be, should work ...
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Ok I'm going to step into my own punk.
I use an all chain rode, a delta anchor and shackled to the delta anchor float line hole on the front of the plow I put an FX23 Fortress on a six foot 5/8 line. Toss over the fortress and as I am backing away lower the plow with the chain rode. When the water is clear I watch to see which anchor grabs first. The delta if the bottom is grassey, as the Fortress plugs with the grass, but in sand or mud the fortress grabs first and holds. Four years of traveling up the east coast from Florida to Long Island Sound this system has never failed me. Sound good or am I on barrowed time?
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PGI, why rope and not chain between the anchors? Interesting idea, let the anchors choose which one will do the work. Some will point out that the anchors could foul each other if the boat swung around, but I gather that hasn't been an issue for you.
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The delta if the bottom is grassey, as the Fortress plugs with the grass, but in sand or mud the fortress grabs first and holds.
Looks like I need to do some more research ... maybe the Marsh anchor is what I need after all?!
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