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Old    Ajholt7 (ajholt7)      Join Date: Apr 2009       05-18-2010, 7:27 PM Reply   
I am trying to convince someone with a houseboat that the box anchor is the best anchor. Who has used one with a houseboat? Did it hold well in all conditions?
Old    Jonathan (TheSarge)      Join Date: Apr 2010       05-18-2010, 9:33 PM Reply   
Use a sledgehammer and 3-4' long metal stakes and tie it off properly on shore otherwise it will probably end up on shore but not how you want it.
Old    Chris (rio_sanger)      Join Date: Apr 2007       05-18-2010, 9:46 PM Reply   
I would not anchor a houseboat, too much mass.
Do what Jonathan says, tie to stakes on shore, and tie well!
Old    Ajholt7 (ajholt7)      Join Date: Apr 2009       05-19-2010, 5:41 AM Reply   
Wow! Thanks for answering my question. On the lake we go to everyone anchors houseboats. Especially since this is a fiberglass bottom house boat and the lake has a rocky shore. I dought they want a hole in the bottom of the boat.
Old    Jonathan (TheSarge)      Join Date: Apr 2010       05-19-2010, 7:30 AM Reply   
Well then just find out what others are using on your particular lake. Maybe 2 box anchors in a "V" off the bow then? The thing is out here on West Coast water depth can vary from 10-15' to well over 200'. Having an anchor and line for that would be cumbersome.
Old    Trace (trace)      Join Date: Feb 2002       05-19-2010, 8:00 AM Reply   
Depends on the size, but I've never seen a box anchor as big as we needed for our 16x72 houseboat. We had two Delta Fast-Set plow style anchors. The bigger one was in the 55 lb range, and would hold it no problem in a rocky bottom lake. We saw 35 mph winds one time, and it never slipped once it was set. Our lake is pretty deep in some areas, but 300' of 3/4" anchor rope and a few feet of chain was always enough.

The bad part was that we didn't have a windlass, so my back and shoulders were considerably stronger after owning our houseboat for a couple years.

Old    Ajholt7 (ajholt7)      Join Date: Apr 2009       05-19-2010, 8:03 AM Reply   
It is only a 38' houseboat.

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