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Old     (supreme_rob)      Join Date: Sep 2005       06-18-2006, 9:29 AM Reply   
I would like to buy a small anchor for kicking it in coves so I dont have to keep moving the boat. What size and type is everyone using? I was looking at 8-lb & 10-lb mushroom anchors are these suffice? Also how many feet of line should I buy? Thank's
Old     (peter_c)      Join Date: Sep 2001       06-18-2006, 9:47 AM Reply   
Since you live in NorCal and probably visit the Delta you should buy a good holding anchor. The best is a box anchor.

At the least a danforth anchor will hold much better in a gravel or rocky bottomed lake. I personally like the plastic coated ones for comp boats as they protect the boat from accidental run ins. You will also need a chain, again the plastic ones work well, at the least galvanized, stainless is best $$ but either way you should invest in a stainless shackle.

You need at least 100 ft of anchor line on board but really should carry close to 200 of line, so you can tie front and rear.

Many people like the bungie anchors, and they have their time and place. Personally I do not like them as they can stretch enough to send your boat towards solid objects like rocks! I always kept one of the bungies on board, but used it less than 10% of the time.

How much anchor line you use is about a 5:1 ratio for a small boat in decent conditions. 7:1 in bad conditions. So if it is 10ft deep, set out 50 feet of line. Do you always have to abid by that rule no, but it is a good thing to know.

Edit: BTW it is the law that you must have an achor and line, along with bailing bucket, paddle, throwable, etc. I need to go and dive in the Putah Creek cove and rescue a few lost anchors :-)

(Message edited by Peter_C on June 18, 2006)
Old     (supreme_rob)      Join Date: Sep 2005       06-18-2006, 12:06 PM Reply   
Actually I have a set-up with bungees,chain and float ball. What I'm looking for is temporary anchoring like when we are eating lunch and swimming in a cove for an hour or so while we are in between sets.
Old     (jrhurst)      Join Date: Mar 2006       06-19-2006, 1:29 PM Reply   
I am using a 16lb River style anchor , and if the wind , or waves are not 2 bad it holds my 18' boat ok . Works best in mud and sand .
Old     (acurtis_ttu)      Join Date: May 2004       06-19-2006, 1:53 PM Reply   
I've tried the mushroom style anchor (16 lb) it woudln't even hold my prostar 190.
Old     (denverd1)      Join Date: May 2004       06-19-2006, 2:04 PM Reply   
get a danforth. not sure the weight of mine but it holds my 22 foot in 10-15 mph wind really well.


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