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Old 11-13-2018, 06:43 AM
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I guess my luck ran out. Anchored on the Shrewsbury Rocks here in NJ like I have countless times, and my danforth got stuck.
I had to cut the line.

Need to pick one up this week as the stripers are still running, tog are here, and an anchor is such a basic piece of safety gear.

Any recommendations?
I run a 19' CC.

Slip ring danforth?
Old 11-13-2018, 06:45 AM
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If you're anchoring around rocks, nothing is safe. You have to realize that. If you find yourself CONSISTENTLY anchoring around the sticky stuff, just get something cheap that will hold. Even a slip ring danforth won't back out if it's stuck. It's absolutely worth a try but no guarantees.
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I have a newer 22 CC and I lost mine for the first time in my life a few weeks ago. I went to the Marine thrift shop and picked up another used Danforth for $10 (included 6ft of chain), a Grappling hook anchor for $15 and a new shackle. Out the door for $28. I will never buy a new anchor as it is a complete waste of money, IMO.
Anyway....use the Grappling for the rocks and the DF for everywhere else. Just make sure to shackle at the top of anchor and tie wrap chain.

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lol i cant count how many anchors ive left on the bottom commercial togging. put a buoy on it and use it all year season if its in a good spot. sometimes the tide and wind will move it enough to retrieve it.... sometimes it wont..
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Danforth Hi-tensile 5H is what I've been using on my previous and current boat but it's a little pricey for your situation. It's only 5 lbs. and is rated for a much bigger boat than mine and has held me securely in some pretty strong current in less than ideal bottom. In your case I'd opt for a "disposable" one like a Danforth knock-off. Or buy a good one and rig it w/a trip line for when you're using it around the known rocky spots.
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On rocks, wrecks and reefs, a graphing hook anchor is the best way to keep from loosing anchors. Attach the chain to the front on the grappling anchor with a chakle and tie wrap it to the top end post. Two tie wraps may be necessary depending on boat size and current. Google Lead Enterprises in Miami, FL and you can see the anchor. Not all grappling area alike
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Originally Posted by Cobia 217 View Post
Danforth Hi-tensile 5H is what I've been using on my previous and current boat but it's a little pricey for your situation. It's only 5 lbs. and is rated for a much bigger boat than mine and has held me securely in some pretty strong current in less than ideal bottom. In your case I'd opt for a "disposable" one like a Danforth knock-off. Or buy a good one and rig it w/a trip line for when you're using it around the known rocky spots.
This or get a grappling anchor.
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Buy a welder.

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Motorguide Xi5 with pinpoint....drastically reduces the need for an anchor ...best purchase I have ever made as far as boat accessories go...
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rig it to breakaway and pull out backwards

I use stainless wire not tie wraps
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Take a scuba diveing class, go down and release your anchor
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Originally Posted by LowBudgetPlan View Post
I guess my luck ran out. Anchored on the Shrewsbury Rocks here in NJ like I have countless times, and my danforth got stuck.
I had to cut the line.

Need to pick one up this week as the stripers are still running, tog are here, and an anchor is such a basic piece of safety gear.

Any recommendations?
I run a 19' CC.

Slip ring danforth?
I lost my Danforth 4 years ago on some rocks tautoging.

Did some research and everyone seemed to rave about these Anchorman Wreck anchors.

https://m.tackledirect.com/anchorman-wreck-anchors.html

I got the 18lb model. I use no chain (since they say the chain can get snagged too) and instead use about 5 feet of garden hose split down the middle to protect the rode from chaffing. I shackle it to the front of the anchor and use 2 zip ties to secure to the back.

I was a bit skeptical on how well it would work because it only had 4 tines, much less than most of the grapnel anchors on the market.

In 4 years never had the anchor not grab over rocks or structure. It will drag a bit in sand or mud but eventually will hold (its not meant for that anyway).

And Ive never lost it. If it gets stuck then the zip ties just break and it comes right out.

Hands down best anchor I've owned.
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I-pilot, 36' yellowfins have them down here, no need for an anchor
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some good info here > raising an anchor
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Originally Posted by rbhankins001 View Post
rig it to breakaway and pull out backwards

I use stainless wire not tie wraps
This! Hook chain to the business end of the anchor. Then zip tie or wire wrap the chain at the normal mounting point. When it gets stuck, you pull hard enough backwards, break the zip tie, and pull from the back of the flukes.
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Originally Posted by 805gregg View Post
Take a scuba diveing class, go down and release your anchor
50F water, 38F air, open boat. No thanks. Dive gear safely in my basement.
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Originally Posted by nsvencer View Post
This! Hook chain to the business end of the anchor. Then zip tie or wire wrap the chain at the normal mounting point. When it gets stuck, you pull hard enough backwards, break the zip tie, and pull from the back of the flukes.
I hear you guys on this.
Is this superior to a slip ring? Or does the slip ring solve this problem?
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Once I asked a newby to toss out the anchor. He did. It was not tied to the anchor line!!
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Originally Posted by LowBudgetPlan View Post
I hear you guys on this.
Is this superior to a slip ring? Or does the slip ring solve this problem?
The slip ring can get stuck depending on how the anchor is hung, this is pretty much foolproof. It also maintains the hold of a true danforth for the rest of the time.

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