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Recomended anchor chain and rode

Discussion in 'Catalina 30' started by Keith Ingebrigtson, Aug 30, 2017. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. mm2347

    mm2347

    Joined Oct 21, 2008
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    Aug., and Sept of Sail Mag. has an informative anchor-- rode articles. One of the points is that it is the violent side to side and or plunging up and down will induce the highest loads on the anchor and boat. These loads can also liquefy the holding ground around the anchor. Basically, most anchor rode systems done properly should work but each plus will come with a minus.
     


  2. jonelli

    jonelli

    Joined Jun 2, 2014
    226 posts, 3 likes
    Catalina 30 mkII - 1987
    US Long Beach Shoreline Marina
    Not that this is totally relevant to the question... but I'm going on a 9 day trip and will be anchoring everyday and some days in sketchy wind possibly.
    My "normal" setup is a fluke/Danforth-style 13 lb anchor which FITS inside the forward anchor locker with 30 feet of 5/16 chain and 300 feet of line. I also keep a Fortress FX-11 with 33 feet of 1/4" chain and 200 feet of line in the stern lazarette.
    I don't anchor overnight often, but I have. Mostly anchoring to stop and fish.

    For this trip, I swapped out the forward 13lb fluke for an 18lb fluke hanging on the bow rail and added a third setup with a 22lb delta, 5/16 chain and line as a second forward anchor if I need it.
     


  3. jviss

    jviss

    Joined Feb 5, 2004
    1,480 posts, 60 likes
    Tartan 3800
    US Westborough Westport, MA
    By "fluke" you mean Danforth-style? What kind of bottoms do you expect to encounter?
     


  4. jonelli

    jonelli

    Joined Jun 2, 2014
    226 posts, 3 likes
    Catalina 30 mkII - 1987
    US Long Beach Shoreline Marina
    @jviss - Yes, I mean Danforth-style. I don't think either of my two are actually branded Danforth, some other more generic brand. One is probably West Marine, and the other is something I can't remember.
    As for bottoms, I am not sure, but looks like mud, sand, grass.
     


  5. jviss

    jviss

    Joined Feb 5, 2004
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    My knowledge is that Danforths are great in sand. For grass, you need something like a claw; your Delta should work well for that. I might use the Delta as my everyday anchor.
     


  6. jonelli

    jonelli

    Joined Jun 2, 2014
    226 posts, 3 likes
    Catalina 30 mkII - 1987
    US Long Beach Shoreline Marina
    My only issue with the Delta is where to put it. I have no way to mount it to the bow when not in use. It does just barely fit inside the anchor locker, but then you have to feed it over and throutgh the furler and rails every time, or you could feed the chain permanently through and around the rails then attach/unattach the anchor every time you want to use it which I don't really want to do either.
     


  7. jviss

    jviss

    Joined Feb 5, 2004
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    Gotcha. No anchor roller on the C30?
     


  8. jonelli

    jonelli

    Joined Jun 2, 2014
    226 posts, 3 likes
    Catalina 30 mkII - 1987
    US Long Beach Shoreline Marina
    There is a small roller but isn't able to hold the delta in a good place.
     

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