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No chain because it is designed to not need one. The only downsides I see to the anchor is the cost & it is a heavy sucker. But that is why it works.

I have seen pleasure boat tie ups with 5 or more boats all tied together with one box anchor out, and it will hold in the wind. A fishing boat is unlikely to ever have it break loose.
 

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I read all about it bionic, I like it a lot that's why I was wondering if there are any stores in the state that carry it or if it was strictly online. I think I would have to go with the small box for my boat even though it says 18-30ft and mine is 17ft. 150$ plus shipping may not be worth it this season compared to the much cheaper fluke anchors, I see myself owning the box either this year or next
I saw it once at Bass Pro, but that was a few years ago.

It is more expensive up front, but not extremely so if you consider having less rode and no chain.

I would email them to see if the PWC size would work.
 

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I saw it once at Bass Pro, but that was a few years ago.

It is more expensive up front, but not extremely so if you consider having less rode and no chain.

I would email them to see if the PWC size would work.
I think I will do that, seeing as how the pwc size is 50$ cheaper, I haven't seen anything on there about shipping I can imagine its not cheap...
 

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Why not just use a bit of chain (plastic dipped chain for no rust) and a smaller, cheaper anchor? The box anchor looks wonderful, but loosing one would suck, and you will snag anchors now and then.

Red Leader, that vid you posted is $$$. I first saw folks doing this in AK. Super easy and clever way to not fight with 10,000 feet of anchor line. Hooray for mankind.
 

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Why not just use a bit of chain (plastic dipped chain for no rust) and a smaller, cheaper anchor? The box anchor looks wonderful, but loosing one would suck, and you will snag anchors now and then.

Red Leader, that vid you posted is $$$. I first saw folks doing this in AK. Super easy and clever way to not fight with 10,000 feet of anchor line. Hooray for mankind.
I think that is what I will do for this season, although I will own the box anchor at some point most likely next season maybe even this season. That plastic dipped chain is something I for some reason haven't considered, I've been thinking about using chain and it rusting but that sounds like the solution!!!
 

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I have had my own boat for 11 years now, and boated with my family my whole life before that. Not trying to jinx myself, but I have yet to lose an anchor.

It would suck to lose a box anchor though.
 

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I have had my own boat for 11 years now, and boated with my family my whole life before that. Not trying to jinx myself, but I have yet to lose an anchor.

It would suck to lose a box anchor though.
Depending how deep I was I would try to get it...just last year I had to do that with the mushroom anchor, it lodged under a tree and it wouldn't move. Luckily I was only ln like 7-8fow so it wasn't that sketchy,
 

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Add in afew feet of elastic type rope and even mushroom anchors will hold better its the waves and the rocking of the boat and the elastic will take a lot of the shock out of the equation...
 

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Add in afew feet of elastic type rope and even mushroom anchors will hold better its the waves and the rocking of the boat and the elastic will take a lot of the shock out of the equation...
That may work, either way I really want a lighter anchor that is just as but hopefully more effective. Mine is either 30,35 or 40lbs but it is a pain hauling that up 10-20 feet many times a day. Sometimes I am anchoring 20+ times a day at different spots so something lighter would be amazing. I think I will end up with a fluke anchor for now they are like 30 or 40 bucks at bass pro. I like the box though, and the shore spike the same company makes I will end up with both by next season!
 

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The shore spike is a good idea as well. I bring a horseshoe stake and a small sledge with me to tie my shore line.

Check out the weight on those box anchors. They aren't light.
 

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It says the small box anchor is only 19lbs, that's quite the downgrade from what I have now
 

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Go look on iboats.com...they might have some ideas that you havent thought of...
 

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I'm with redleader and clack. A bruce/claw works well and you can easily rig it for break away release.

I have used an 11 lb with 9 feet of chain on my 21 foot walk around and it holds in almost all wind regardless of the bottom, 3-5:1 scope.

I have a 22 lb with 30 feet of chain on my newest addition, but there is a windlass.

Inexpensive anchors too boot.
 

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i have a 35.00 cabelas fluke type i have been using for 30 years with boats from 14 to19 feet i use 5 feet of chain. after it bites good i can break 3/8 inch poly rope backing down with my 115 hp i now use up to 145 feet of 5/8 nylon. dont say you will never lose an anchor, when i fish all winter on pueblo i will find up to 5 anchors a year. now i just carry a very small claw in the back of the boat tor the inspectors to look at, no rope. i ues gps to anchor me now
 

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Byron,

I have a several fluke anchors. They are ok IMO, but I think they are more finicky to set and harder to set up as a release.

I jig in 150 feet + water on lake superior, so I use more rode. And yes, electronic anchor is a great thing, if you have a boat that you can put a bow mount on.
 
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