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Old 01-03-2007, 02:39 PM
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Do they work as advertised? I have a 2007 DLV 2180 Carolina Skiff Suzuki d-140, will this hold my boat in most (normal) conditions?

What should this boat top speed be? At 6200 RPM it maxes out at 42 MPH is this about right?
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Old 01-03-2007, 07:47 PM
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Yes they do work as advertised. The Mighty Mite works best as a wreck anchor or on rocky bottoms. It should be okay for your boat most of the time. It's not the best anchor for loose sandy bottoms. If memory serves me, I believe the Mighty Mite should work on boats up to 22'. My homemade version of the Mighty Mite (below) is on season number three. It gets used on artificial reefs in central Florida and down in the Keys. I lost a couple of Danforth style anchors down in the Keys on my first trip four years ago. My Mighty Mite "knock-off" did the trick....haven't lost an anchor since. Remember to keep a plastic coated dead-blow mallet on board so you can bend the tines back if necessary. They rarely need it but I've had to bend back a few over the years.

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I would never use a 'grapnel' style anchor on sand or mud. It's holding power is very low. Carry a danforth, plough, delta etc on your main warp for 'normal' anchoring and a grapnel with a short chain on it on a seperate warp for anchoring over rocks, wrecks etc. The grapnel style anchor is very light, so no need to feed it via a winch/capstain unless your better half absolutely insists
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Old 01-04-2007, 07:42 AM
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They do not look like they have much holding power in sand/mud. I was looking at them for its compact size.
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I've gone thru 7 of them....and the retailer "SHOULD" replace it for free when ya rip off one opf the tines. Thats how I went thru 7, either distroyed it or lost it. Lost, because I "do" throw mine directly into 10 granite boulder jetties and they of course have all the idiots fluke anchors stuck in them. Why a "conehead" throws a fluke anchor into a 70' tall pile of boulders is the real question!

They do hold in sand and mud.

In the St. Johns River N.E. Florida - Jacksonville area, we use nothing but a grapnel type anchor. Although the Mighty-Mite people say back down to remove it out of the bottom, I don't like that. Because when you do you just shove it into more rock. Instead around here we drive up ahead and pull them out and up in because we're also in high current.

They are very EXPENSIVE. So when ya loose it or have to cut it off because it will not dislodge or is hung on a cable or something. You'll tear-up and cry, if you're anything but a memeber of the Trump family.

Unless the current is screaming and you're in soft'ish bottom, the Mighty Mite anchor will disappear under ground, digging it self in.
But you have to use a very good length of scope. I used mine on 22' C.S. Seachaser Bay boats, for the same reason.
Very small anchor locker!!!! Like most 'common' boats out there, they never realize that you may use something other than some fluke style anchor. Which is a manufacture issue that really pisses me off.

I'll just say, they work.
Thier expensive.
You can make your own out of "Cold-rolled steel", that's what I do, if you have a welder, and a saw-zall and a metal supply place handy. A Rolled steel one will rust up, but if you do aliitle maintenance on it everyonce in a while they last forever, if you don't get it stuck in other anchors. Rebar-anchors really suck, They don't bend back and forth enough and break and SS is too stiff to bend out.

I tried them, for awhile. But when $70 got to much for me I found another way. And got out of the Seachaser Business...too.

BTW, around here. I loose as many as a dozen anchors a year on a real bad year, one time 3 in one day! Not Mighty Mites, but home made ones.

Our jetties wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't for all the idiots and those fluke anchors, that's how we loose our anchors they get wrapped in old cut off anchor lines. Then, I cut mine and add to the pile.

It's a miracle the fish don't hang themselves!

The Mighty mite is meant for rock and hard bottom areas, and are good ideas, and last pretty good if you don't rip the hell out of them as I did.

But then again, that's why I BE....the JETTY WOLF.
I take a big nasty bite.

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Old 01-04-2007, 10:04 AM
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So what is the best all conditions anchor?
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Old 01-04-2007, 11:39 AM
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thats a good all conditions anchor for your boat...it's what i use on mine and no complaints
only issue is it's a little unwieldy to store (it doesnt fold up)
if you use an anchor evry day like a charter capt, you might look at something else...for the rest of us it works fine

on your WOT speed, if youre getting in the 40's with the DF140 i'd say you're just about right
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Mighty mite anchors are used where I live primarily for wreck anchoring and can be bent back into shape, Top speed would be your motor turning at its rated RPM's at WOT with the correct size wheel 6200 RPM's sounds a bit high to me.
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I am not sure if it was on this site or noreast.com but someone posted directions on how to build your own anchor in this style. I beleive I saved it at home, but if anyone else has it please post for this chap.
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depends where you fish 99% of the time, and where you live.

Here in J-vill Fla we all use "Jetty hooks" as many of us call'em; everywhere. In the river at the inlets and I even use mine offshore. Sand, Mud, Rock, and marsh grass, oysterbeds...everywhere. It works.

That pic of the home made Mighty Mite is KICK A$$.....ya did a great job with that one. I like it.

Grapnels are un-wieldy if your boat doesn't have an adequate anchor locker.

That's why both of my boats "do", the MayCraft thats for sale was almost purchased back in 1997 because they understood that anchor storage is important, and of course my BlackLab has enough for 3 anchors. Many off the lot boats don't.
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Old 01-05-2007, 05:07 PM
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I am not sure if it was on this site or noreast.com but someone posted directions on how to build your own anchor in this style. I beleive I saved it at home, but if anyone else has it please post for this chap.
I believe that was me. The anchor in my post above was made from scrap aluminum t-top pipe, scrap aluminum rod and lead tire weights. Most of it was free but I did pay $4 for the rods at Scrap-All.
Here's a diagram of how it looks inside.
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Old 01-07-2007, 10:07 PM
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Thanxxx to all who gave advice! I went with a Fluke Anchor, just because I needed one & I know they work.
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I didn't like the mighty mite because the prongs broke off after rebending them 2-4 times. Purchase something else.
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hullslap it was you same thing. fantastic idea.
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Old 01-08-2007, 09:14 AM
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They "Mighty Mite", claim that the aluminum prongs or tines, are made of a special material that can be repeatedly bent back and forth.

I think that special Material is as you said is just Aluminum rod.....Nice drawing, thanks.
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This is what I use for Nearshore off the georgia coast.

http://www.thunderboltcharters.com/grapple.htm
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