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Old 04-22-2015, 01:10 PM   #21
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Mark,
My anchors are usually light enough (15 to 18lbs) that I can pull them up, unshackle them and stow them in a better place than on the bow. No anchor enhances the beauty of the bow of my boat and w/o one there's nothing to get tangled up on a piling or something more expensive. It's a matter of need and I have no need to hang my underwear out on the prominent end of the boat for all to see. So to speak of course.

Shrew,
I did and I did. Used my grinder and Barnicle Buster (cold galvanize) to replace the hot dipped zinc. And I've decided to gring off more metal and make the flukes even sharper. One. Of the advantages of the Claw is that it presents a considerably higher percentage of it's weight on the flukes.

Walt,
I think tangling the upper fluke when anchored is a rare occasion and even then it may take a lot of wind to pull the fluke out backwards. If it was much of a problem why would so many use them. Lots of fishing boats have Northills hanging on their bows in Western Canada.
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Old 04-28-2015, 10:25 PM   #22
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I did a lot more grinding especially on the center fluke end. This should allow the Claw to penetrate and "dig" deeper than usual. Also the sides of the center fluke is what needs to slice sideways for the anchor to rotate to a vertical position and become fully set.

Testing this modified anchor will be not very revealing w/o a diver to insure it's vertical and fully set. The anchor will probably set and hold because it's big for my boat so an increase in performance will basically go unnoticed. Probably won't get a 50 knot gale to reveal good performance. Lets see if it will at least do basic stuff and insure I haven't ruined the anchor.
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