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Old 12-09-2008, 09:26 PM
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...for a 36 ft. center console. Bottom fishing will be done in as much as 150+ feet, and as shallow as a few feet at the sand bar. How much chain/rode? Style of anchor I will need to see what the anchor locker will accomodate without the anchor bouncing around.

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Old 12-10-2008, 05:43 AM
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I think you will be happy with a 12 lb. Danforth High Tensile, 12' of chain and 600' of 1/2' nylon.

Make sure the anchor will fit in your locker.

You can sometimes find these anchors on ebay very cheap.
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Mike,

It's awfully difficult to give you a direct answer to your question without knowing allot of additional information.

I would suggest that you look at the following web sites. They should give you enough good information to make a decision as to the type of anchor and rode needed.

www.yalecordage.com

www.fortressanchors.com

When you go to the Yale web site, download their anchoring white paper. You'll see it listed near the bottom, on the left hand side. The fortress web site has a safe anchoring guide listed on their site.

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you know - I have just recently asked - an almost similar question.
http://www.thehulltruth.com/forums/t...asp?tid=224985

There is some great info on that thread.



Anyway in your neck of the wood. Mostly sandy bottom and litte if any current. Based on the info I gather. An ugly box anchor would work great. If ugly is not your thing and if you could swing a minimum 5:1 rode all the time - the sexy Fortress is also a great option for you.

On the other hand if you got a windlass with bow pulpit which reduce accessibility. You may need some heavier ground tackle. ~30' of chain with a ~20lb anchor.
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What Bamaskeetershooter said with 3/8" chain should do you fine. If you plan on anchoring at sandbars often you may want to consider bringing along a smaller danforth and 100' +/- of 3/8" rode to use as a stern anchor.

Personally, I wouldn't beach my boat unless it has a keel guard and even so would only do it briefly. If the conditions are dead calm set your bow anchor on the beach and tie the boat up so its floating in shallow water. Then walk out and set your stern anchor to keep the boat in position keeping both rodes taught.

If there is a swell or onshore breeze you will probably want to anchor up with the bow in the direction that its coming from with more scope. You'll also have to position the boat in deeper water especially if there's a swell.

And don't forget to keep your eye on the tide.



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Thanks for the help!
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A different prospective--this is a lot of line--and you will just be day fishing, not storm anchoring. I might consider 3/8 or 7/16"--even braid on braid--since it is easier to hand than 3 strand. I would also consider a windlass if you are going to be pulling up 600 feet of line.

I love the HT Danforth--but for fishing at depth, you might consider an anchor which is less likely to drag--and will be more likely to drop straight--plus reset almost immediately. This year, I did some comparisions between the Manson Supreme, Delta, Fortress, and Danforth HT. The Manson Supreme set faster, reset better and is an anchor I have switched to. (no interest in any of the companies). You probably could do fine with the 15 lb Manson for this type of anchoring. I normally would use lighter chain, but with the depths, you are considering, the 3/8 is probably best. For the beach etc, I still use the Fortress/Guardian or Danforth.
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I have to look in my anchor locker and see what a practical anchor would be to fit in there, but I also was told 450' of rode should be plenty. I don't plan on anchoring over night, only in a shallow harbor if anything. I'm more concerned about how much rode and chain I would need...

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Are you going to use a windless? The reason I ask is most windlasses's are build for rodes up to 300' because of the long time required to retrieve a long rode. Good Automatic Windlass was one of the only ones I could find that is guaranteed to work with long rodes over 300' - they are good to well over 1000'. I have a good and love it.

While I realize you are only looking at 450' just don't forget about the windlass - if you are going to use one.

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I see your location is NW, Florida. I assume that's somewhere between Panama City and Alabama, so you're anchoring in the same conditions as I've been anchoring in all of my boating life. Sandy and muddy bottoms, and I can say with absolute certainty 450' of line is more than enough for what you describe. What you will need is at least as much length of chain as the length of your boat. Minimum of 3/8 for your application and 1/2 would be even better, but a little more to lug up. If you don't have a windlass, invest in an anchor ball. More chain = less rope. This is the key here to get your anchor to set and hold quickly so you can anchor over the spot you plan to fish. Too much scope, and you're gonna drift and/or swing so far off the honey hole you won't be on the fish. If you don't have enough chain, you're going to need much much more rope. Chain is the key ingredient here.
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Old 12-13-2008, 06:33 PM
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Hey guys, thanks so much for your help. I looked in my anchor locker and noticed that the way the holster is set up it is most practical to hold a fortress anchor so I bought a 13lb. anchor for $189.00 from West Marine. Ouch, I know, I know. For anchor chain, I ended up with 1/2" @ 30 feet. I did not buy rode from them as I have a connection elsewhere to get it 1/4 the price. That would be an $800 anchor shopping 'spree'. Didn't know this stuff was that much money. Thanks again!
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