Specifying Your Primary Anchor Size


In a previous chapter I wrote about which anchors we recommend. Now let’s move on to our recommendations for the size and material for our best bower (primary anchor).

Before I go any further, I need to make clear that I’m writing about the needs of long distance voyaging boats that will be required to anchor in a wide variety of places with a wide variety of conditions and seabed types.

If you are coastal cruising and not venturing far from your home waters, you may be able to get away with a smaller, simpler and cheaper system.

Having said that, no matter where you anchor what follows will be of use—if your anchor drags and you end up on the rocks it doesn’t much matter whether you are ten or ten thousand miles from home.

With that out of the way, let’s dive in and specify one of the most important pieces of gear on any boat, the primary anchor.

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John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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