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What do you use for an anchor?

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What do you use for an anchor?

Post by CaptainSeth » Fri May 06, 2016 3:05 pm

What do you use for an anchor for your small boat? My 1939 17ft Utility came with this:
My issue is that I'm afraid it's too cool for actual use! My philosophy has been to not throw something overboard you're not willing to lose. So, what do you use on your smaller boat(s)? If I know I'll be anchored (for swimming, etc) I can bring something bulky along but what about for those emergencies when you need to tinker on your motor and don't want to get blown into the rocks? Something effective but easily stowed seems ideal to have onboard.
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Re: What do you use for an anchor?

Post by Captain Nemo » Fri May 06, 2016 3:56 pm

Hi, Seth
The style of anchor has a lot to to w/ what the bottom is like where you are. In my experience, a Danforth style works better on rocky bottom. I boat mostly on rivers and canals where the bottom is usually muddy, I keep a Navy style on board.
You might get some varied opinions. That is a cool looking grappling hook style you have there 8) never seen one.
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Re: What do you use for an anchor?

Post by tkhersom » Fri May 06, 2016 7:26 pm

We have an old Navy on Yorktown. Have Danforth on most everything else.

A lot of people use Mushrooms around here, even for moorings. :D

I have to agree with you, I would hate to get that cool old anchor lodged on some bottom debris and not be able to retrieve it.
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Re: What do you use for an anchor?

Post by homeiste » Fri May 06, 2016 7:35 pm

Yes, anchor type depends on the bottom characteristics. Here is a nice summary of types and their uses: ... types.html
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Re: What do you use for an anchor?

Post by Doug P » Sat May 07, 2016 5:21 pm

Navy anchors were supplied on some smaller Chris's

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Re: What do you use for an anchor?

Post by John D » Mon May 09, 2016 4:08 pm

There was a nice discussion about anchors a few years back -- here's the thread: ... lit=anchor
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