RE: Second anchor suggestions

Judith Blumhorst, DC (
Thu, 02 Dec 1999 16:44:50 -0800

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Hi Scott,

What do you want a second anchor for? Weedy bottoms, storms, anchoring stern and bow, etc? That's the first question that comes to mind. When you've decided that, you can read up on the topic in Chapmans, Rousmanniers, or the West Marine Catalog.

For sand bottoms, the Danforth style is light and not expnsive. For grass/sand, a Bruce type is good. For sand/grass/rock, a CQR or Delta is good. For rocks/hardbottoms/thick weeds, the ultimate is an old fashioned kedge/yachtsmans/fishermans anchor, but boy, it that huge, heavy and awkward to handle!

I already had two 6 pound standard Danforths, and wanted a versatile storm anchor to hold my P19 up to 45 knots. After a bunch of reading and research, I chose a 14# Delta (one size higher on the charts to compensate for the higher winds and seas) over the CQR on the basis of more holding power for the weight, faster setting, and cheaper too. Interestingly, the tech support fellow at Simpson-Lawrence recommended the Delta over the CQR and their version of the Bruce, even though the Delta is the least expensive of the three. Defender sells them for $95, and West Marine matched the price when I brough in the Defender catalog. There is a 9 pound version of the Delta available, but not listed in the West catalog. Defenders carries the 9# Delta.

Unfortunately, the CQR, Delta and Bruce are somewhat awkward to stow, since all of them are plow shaped (sort of) with a long shank and a bulky head. The CQR and the Delta are a little less bulky than the Bruce. The Danforth, with its folding flukes, is more compact.

Redwing has one Danforth hanging in a vertical tube off the transom for quick deployment or as a lunch hook. The Delta is on a bow roller (or it will be as soon as I install the roller), and a spare Danforth tucked under a v-berth. I didn't like having the Danforth on the bow pulpit because the jib caught on it.

There's 12 feet of chain and 150 of rope rode on the Danforth, and 20 feet (one boat length) of chain and 150' of rode on the Delta. And an extra 150' section of rode stowed. And I have a 18# mushroom anchor from Walmart to use as a lunch hook or a "pig" on the anchor rode. All of that is probably over-kill, but, hey, everybody knows that's how I generally do things.

I installed chain pipes on the bow and the starboard side of the transom. The rode for the bow anchor rode is stowed in the anchor locker. The stern anchor rode is stowed in a rubber tub in the back of the starboard quarter berth. I leave the stern anchor in its tube when I trailer, but the Delta has to come off the bow roller or else I'll spear the very tall bowstop on my trailer (The trailer bowstop comes up to the bowpulpit and supports the mast during trailering)

That's how I did it, but your needs may be entirely different. Hope this gives you some hardtack for thought.

Fair winds,
Judy B
WWP19 #266 Redwing
SF Bay, CA

----------Original Message
From: Scott F[]
Sent: Thursday, December 02, 1999 1:11 PM
To: West Wight Potter
Subject: Second anchor suggestions

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West Wight Potter Website at URL
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I need suggestions for a second anchor for our P-19.
We have an 8 lb Danforth now. We are in Charleston,
SC, so the bottom is usually sandy (lakes may have
some grasses on the bottom I think). Please let me
know what you think. Thank you!

- Scott

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