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serpa4



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2023 1:44 am    Post subject: How heavy is your anchor on a CD25 or 26? Reply with quote

Just seeing what you all have for weight on the end of your rode. Not concerned with what type/model of anchor you all have. People have different ones for different locations and are fiercely defensive about their anchor choice.
I have a 21 lb anchor for a Venture 26.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2023 6:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Serpa4,
Osprey’s Mantus anchor is 17 lbs.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2023 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We used a 22 pound Delta Quick Set as the main anchor on Wild Blue (CD-25); carried two additional anchors when cruising: a 17 pound Danforth, and a lightweight Fortress FX-11 (7 pounds), as backup and when 2 anchors were necessary.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2023 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Serpa4,
we are using a 22lb Lewmar Delta behind 60' of 1/4" chain & 180' of 1/2' 3 strand rode. I also carry a small danforth.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2023 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good to hear. I thought my 21 was a little big. Sounds about right.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2023 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got the 13# Delta with 20' of chain on my 25. It's worked well, but I would like to increase to the next size, 21#. I have a spare 22# Claw I'd be willing to exchange for the heavier Delta. Colby
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2023 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

20 to 25lbs is the usual size plow/spade type anchor. With Fortress FX 11 is what I choose for bow, and FX7 for stern. I would never have only one anchor on a boat. Most of my C Dorys I had a plow or spade for the primary, and had at least 2 fortress anchors for stern. (When going stern to the beach in an area without tides, for example lakes, a bow anchor is set off the bow, and then two stern anchors about 45* off fore and aft axis of the boat are set on the shore, usual in the sand.

Far more important is the anchor design, For many years, the only anchor I had on racing sailboat was a High test Danforth. I carried a genuine CQR on one of my combination racing and cruising boats 35' long. The 62' full keel ketch we took Long Beach to the Med and Baltic and back we had primary of a 70# CQR, a back up 70# CQR, one 70# Danforth HT, a 20# Danforth HT and a 12# Danforth HT. A 70# purpose built fisherman, and a 150# 3 piece fisherman as a storm anchor. I drug a couple times--one was "Cobble stones" and one in soft mud, twice the CQR was fouled. Ie: the point was fouled by a quart Mason jar in a CQR. Dragging 4x in about 1000 nights of anchoring is an acceptable number. We had one Danforth, one CQR and the smaller Fisherman on rollers off the bow sprit.

I had the same assortment, plus a 35# SS Northhill pattern (PBY seaplane anchor), and the CQR were 60#. the Danforth was 40# on. our Cal 46. We had over 600 nights at anchor with that set up and drug once, in cobblestones.

The best bow anchors today are 3rd generation, like the Manson Supreme, Sarca, Ronca, spade, mantas etc. The Fortress has taken the place of the HT Danforth.
Many of my boats came with a Delta, and it is slightly better than the CQR.

If buying a new anchor for a Cory 25/26 I probably would go with a Mantus 25, a Fortress Fx 11 and at least one Fx 7. If the boat came with a Delta 22, I would keep it and buy a Fx 11. Of course where you anchor has some input. With a trailerable boat, you may easily use almost every type of sea bed.

I purposefully left out the "Bruce" copies. I have done some testing with one and it did not come out as well as many of other 2nd or 3rd generation anchors. I realize that some in the PNW feel it is an excellent anchor.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2023 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

9 kg Vulcan
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2023 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

9kg Vulcan. Works in most bottoms and I anchor out a lot.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2023 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I neglected to say that we had 50' of chain on that 22 pound Delta Quick Set. That combination worked well for us.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2023 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah so, Chain is the bigger factor in anchor set then the weight of your anchor. a heavier anchor will set faster then a lighter one , but a lighter anchor with a lot of chain will set just as fast and better. its all about getting the angle of the rode as low as possible when you set the anchor. I mean those flat fluke fold up anchors work just fine as long as you get the points set in at a flat angle . to do that you need weight on the rode , more chain is always the way. ( its like cow bells) At least the length of your boat in chain if not double. our 27 has a 22 lbs anchor and we have never dragger, but I have a 100ft of chain out. Use the anchor you have and just try more chain for now. 22fter I would have 50 ft of chain in my area, PNW.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2023 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Schuster wrote:
Serpa4,
we are using a 22lb Lewmar


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2023 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree in theory with Thomas, chain is more important than the anchor. I use a Lewmar Delta 22lb and 25ft of chain (20 yrs). I have encountered 50-70 mph winds in a protected anchorage, 27ft deep water, ideal sandy bottom; no drift whatsoever. I have also drug anchor with less than 5 kts of wind and almost no wave action in pebbles. I have also drug anchor in Miami's dock area with little wind and no waves, essentially "plowing" through fine silt or mud - not sure if more chain would have helped 'set' the anchor better, but might have added more resistance... I believe doubling the chain length to 50ft will definitely help handle more varied conditions.
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