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Old 10-07-2017, 09:03 AM   #41
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May be useful to start another thread, identify the anchor you don't have confidence in, examine from there...

Haven't had an anchor thread in the last 10 minutes or so...



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OK, Chris... I'll bite... Regarding Anchors!

Cause after all... isn't it "anchor-holding capability" that is main reason boaters [Captains especially] feel need to often get up and check circumstances? However, if you want to it is U who must start the new thread!! I'll say my piece here...

As there are many well designed anchors; each capable of good holding capability. Seems pretty simple to me that the anchor, its rode material [type] and scope of rode boaters use should always be well larger than recommended for a particular size boat.

What your anchoring need comes down to:
1. Use an anchor larger than you need.
2. Use rode heavier-duty than you need.
3. Anchor in locations where more scope can be played out than you need.

Reason for doing those three needed anchoring particulars - because you need a good night's sleep!!

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Old 10-07-2017, 09:43 AM   #42
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Something that hasn't been mentioned yet (I think) is once you buy your boat, it takes a little while until you know all of your boat's noises. The sump, the fridge, the ac units, dock lines, burgee flapping...etc. Once you know all of your boat's noises you don't wake up as much. Then when you buy the next boat, it happens all over again!
Yup, once learned, you can sleep sounder. A change in sound, wakes me quickly.
In my case, it helps mask that daymned ringing in my ears.
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Old 10-07-2017, 10:10 AM   #43
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Most of us have a built-in anchor watch alarm anyway. It's called a prostate. ..............PS. it helps to have a really good anchor you have great faith in.
Boy, you got that right!
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Old 10-07-2017, 11:46 AM   #44
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Not arguing Arts points but in general anchors aren't under-rated in terms of holding power.
In my experience it's more about proper setting, and the right design for the bottom conditions.

Personally I like a good length of chain and good rode for most applications but I'm not around a lot of abrasive bottom conditions- in that case I switch to all chain.

The rode is quiet and plenty strong. And I think it sets the anchor well...again, with a reasonable length of chain.
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Old 10-07-2017, 02:16 PM   #45
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We sleep very well. I usually get up once a night to empty the bilge. We’ve haven’t dragged yet at anchor and trust our ground tackle. We’ve been at anchor in 35 kts overnight and been fine, but we did get up once. For sleep, I’d rather be at anchor than at the dock.
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Old 10-07-2017, 07:49 PM   #46
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We sleep very well. I usually get up once a night to empty the bilge. We’ve haven’t dragged yet at anchor and trust our ground tackle. We’ve been at anchor in 35 kts overnight and been fine, but we did get up once. For sleep, I’d rather be at anchor than at the dock.
I've found... don't drink fluids for 1.5 to 2 hours before bed time and nighttime "bilge" emptying need not be accomplished.

I believe I'm understanding your cryptic verse??!!
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Old 10-07-2017, 09:58 PM   #47
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When we moved from a swing mooring to a marina we finally kept our water tanks topped up. The bow tank(there are 3 others) overflows to the bilge during filling. It does something similar when 2 people weigh on the bow in the fwd berth when the tank is full. I was up a few times `til I worked it out.
I think senses pick up "out of the ordinary" things, even when asleep, and can wake you, as easily as the need to "pump ships", as the saying goes.
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