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#21 Posted : 07 September 2020 12:29:22(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: PeterDann Go to Quoted Post
Hi Nick, Congratulations, which one?

Yes that looks like my anchor. The hoop apparently is the clever bit that rolls it over to make the spike dig in.

No relevance to your question but I was tickled by the title of this thread, as I came across some original and potentially embarassing anchor damage this season which I would love to have prevented. Released from lockdown no-overnighting in early July I made a beeline for Devon - so stir crazy that I happily set off into the high twenties on the nose. I was dismayed to find water in the boat but put it down to a leaky hatch and simply sponged out in Yarmouth. Next day even more wind, two hours into Christchurch Bay and even more water. Heading below I discovered the focsle now had a water feature at the sharp end caused by the bottom of the anchor well splitting. Every time the bow went through a wave (most of the time in those conditions) a thin sheet of water squirted through and onto my brand new bunk cushions. Back to Yarmouth and a morning with the harbourmaster's hot air gun and a quantity of glass fibre mat and resin and the holiday began rather late, and remained damp for the full ten days.

Moral of the story for all SS26 owners - whether your anchor is 7 or 10kg and regardless of what brand it is, have a good check around your well before you put the bow into a wave, and maybe investigate preventing the anchor from bouncing up and down on the floor of it. I suspect Mr Baker was thinking weight saving plus Lark-sized grapnel kedge when he built the front end of the Super Seal.



Thanks for getting back to me Peter with the interesting story and advice. I bought Mistral from my friend Fred (a member on here) late last year. I had a quick look at the anchor locker this weekend but spent most of it sailing the river Orwell :). It needs a good clean out as there was a substantial amount of mud in the port side compartment and a previous owner has laid an inch of foam matting inside the starboard side. I currently have a CQR copy, approx 15kg (too big) and a Danforth type of about 5kg (too small) on board which i think i'll just use for the rest of the season and and try and buy one that fits over the winter. Given what you've said regarding the leak, i'll try to minimise the movement of it in the locker by way of a strap and/or foam matting if i can get it to fit. I was thinking of this 6kg Delta anchor as it would probably fit, but from what people have said, 6kg might be a bit light? Having said that, this is my first yacht so only sail in light or modderate conditions and only in the rivers of suffolk/essex and occasionly in the bay off Felixstowe if the weather is good. I would like to end up with an anchor in the locker for next season so i can deploy quickly if necessary without too much faff. Thanks again, Nick.

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