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Old 09-13-2010, 08:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 17 foot boat couldnt get the anchor that it came with to hold last week. Should i have a anchor in the front and back? Which brands/types will get the job done?
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just buy a big rock
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A good rule of thumb is to have 3' of line out for each 1' of water you want to anchor in. That should hold your anchor. You can also try 1' of heavy chain connected to the anchor, than the line. That will lay your anchor down and let it dig in. Hope this helps.
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you should anchor from front only, what kind of water and depth and wind are you anchoring in? always use at least 3 to 1 scope and a heavy enough anchor and chain to hold bottom. Try your anchor with more scope and chain if still not holding go to a larger anchor.
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Old 09-13-2010, 10:33 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Yep, definitely from the front. That wind kicks up and it's off the transom, you could be in for a nasty ride...

Mine is 14' and I have a 15 lb navy style anchor on there that holds it good. My boat is aluminum though and with me and my gear and the weight of the boat its roughly 700 lbs and it's held me fine. Even held myself and a buddy on Monday last week during that nasty wind that sparked up that fire.

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The chain will make all the difference in the world.
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Old 09-13-2010, 11:28 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for the replies. I was in about 15-20 mph wind. I was in less wind earlier in the day and the anchor still wouldn't hold. The anchor if i had to guess would be 10-15 lb not sure it came with the boat. Ill try the chain for sure and maybe i didn't let enough rope out.

Newbie on a boat, sure is a lot more stuff to worry and take care of than on fishing from shore.
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A good rule of thumb is to have 3' of line out for each 1' of water you want to anchor in. That should hold your anchor. You can also try 1' of heavy chain connected to the anchor, than the line. That will lay your anchor down and let it dig in. Hope this helps.
I agree with at least 3' of line for each 1' of depth but I would recommend 3-4' of heavy chain attached to the anchor.
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In wind I've often dropped two anchors. Either two off the bow or one off the back then run out rope and drop one out the front. Then even out how much line you have out of both. Really helps with the wind moving you around.
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A box anchor is pricey, but the best anchor money can buy. Allows you to use less rope, no chain, and holds every time. I love mine. It'll easily hold 4 - 5 boats in a raft up in 20 MPH winds. A single fishing boat is nothing for it.
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