What's the latest on anchors then ladies and gentlemen? What type and weight do you currently use? I see conflicting information about weight, ranging from 6 to 9 kg... I currently use a danforth, very heavy - must be 10kg at least, seems to be getting heavier.
25lb CQR (genuine) plus 65 metres of 8mm chain
35lb CQR + 60m of 8mm chain as bower. 25lb Danforth and warp as kedge. Also 30lb Fisherman. Also on board 10m of 10mm chain and about 50m of 14mm Octoplait. Not forgetting a 28lb Chum. They've all been used at one time or another and, at the time, we've been very glad to have had them.
Wow, thank you both, I'm starting to think that I'm under equipped! My 22lb danforth has only 8m of chain - the rest is nylon plait. Of course, it hasn't dragged, but if I'm honest I've never been in a situation where its likely to
I've not anchored with Draig y mor yet!
There is 70 meters of dead weight chain and a 15kg Delta on the front of Draig. There was also and even bigger "storm" anchor in the cockpit locker along with about 20 meters more chain and 70 meters of octoplait. The "storm" anchor and chain is now replaced with a "kedge" anchor, Fortress FX11 with 5 meters of chain and 50 meters of the octoplait. Ive used the other 20 meters to make up some mooring warps.
As soon as I get hold of an angle grinder I'll be cutting the bower chain down to 20 or 30 meters, and getting some 3 strand nylon.
I've anchored boats twice the size of Draig y mor in 40kt gusts with lighter equipment than I have on board although on my RYA yacht master exam last year the examiner was very much of the old school preferring more and heavier chain.
If you didn't know already Jimmy green has some great info on this subject. LINK
Thanks David, I did look at jimmy green actually. The weight in the bows (and the massive cost) is what gives me pause....I may well go with 30m of chain and 70 of octoplait (I also have to consider hauling it all up by hand). Not sure what type of anchor yet,
If you sail down to Valencia with a grinder you can have my spare chain for free! 🙂
If you're not sure how to get here check out youtube. Some fool did it last year
😂 Yes, that lunatic has come to my attention already
Interesting, I just spoke to another twister owner at the yard. He uses a 6kg fortress and relatively short chain, I think he said 30m. He's very impressed with it and 6kg is light,
I have a light weight aluminium Danforth anchor as a kedge. The one time I have used it - it held very well in soft mud in shallow water. The Americans would call it a lunch hook. I'd not leave the boat if I was using it as an anchor. In the event of any incident I much doubt that an insurance company would be impressed.
I'd suggest that 40m of chain plus a 25lb CQR is about the minimum for cruising on the English side of the Channel. If you go to Brittany you'd really need to have a nylon tail on that of at least 25 metres or it would be better to have more chain.
I also have a long warp [I think 50 metres but will check this summer] with 10 metres of 1/2" or 12 mm chain on it. This is on the boat. This is specifically for using with the CQR for anchoring in Brittany and the Channel Islands. I've also got a heavy [25 lb - it feels about the same sort of lump as the CQR] fishermans anchor but don't currently keep it aboard.
I'm sure you've done it but search fortress anchor test on youtube.
They appear to be the dogs doodaars in soft surfaces.
Yes I have done it, impressive indeed
25kilo cqr 50 metre 8mm chain
Paul Westbury said
25kilo cqr 50 metre 8mm chain
That is a big beast. Where do you stow it?
Sea Miste has a 35lb Manson and 50 metres of 8mm chain with a 25lb Danforth kedge with 5metres of chain and 50 metres of 14mm octoplait. There is also a 25lb Byers which was a gift from Blue Velvet during her refit at Mylor. We haven't tried it but we love the fact that it makes SM look like a tanker. The Manson, like the 35lb CQR which we lost among the rocks of the Isles Chaussey after a stormy night years ago, sits in the stem head fitting happily but not under the dropnose pin. We have to lash it in place. It sets very quickly and breaks out readily (although we always use the windlass). We feel very secure with it and they have a good reputation for holding power. However, it is bulky to handle and lash on deck when required and awkward to stow below when laid up. All in all, if I were you, I would go for a 35lb CQR with loads of chain and warp as others have indicated. A very generous length of chain makes such a difference to holding in very strong winds.