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casacolumbia posted 03-12-2004 09:24 AM ET (US)   Profile for casacolumbia   Send Email to casacolumbia  
I have recently purchased a 2003 13' sport. I am wondering what size and type anchor, rode, line, etc. to provide. I know the anchor storage well is relatively small. I will be using the boat primarily on a small lake, but occasionally will take it out on L.I. Sound.
Jarhead posted 03-13-2004 07:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jarhead  Send Email to Jarhead     
I use an 8# mushroom anchor w/ 3/8" nylon rope (Wal-Mart) on my 2003 130 Sport. Works great. ;)
Chuck Tribolet posted 03-13-2004 07:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Mushrooms are very heavy for their small holding power.

I'd get a five pound Danforth (a smaller one if they made
it but I don't think they do), about 10-15' of 3/16 galvanized
proof coil chain, and a couple of hundred feet of 3/8"
three-strand nylon with appropriate galvanized shackles and
stainless thimbles.


jimp posted 03-14-2004 12:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimp  Send Email to jimp     
casacolumbia -

For 15 years we used a 3-lb Danforth with 3-4' of chain and about 25' of 3/8" three strand nylon for our 1963 13' Sport. That was adequate for 98% of the anchoring we did on Great Peconic Bay on Long Island. We had an additional 100' of 3/8" that we could shackle into the eye of the first anchor rode. We rarely anchored in more than 10' of water, mostly 3-5'.

How are you going to use your anchor? Lunch hook in a sheltered, sandy area, 3-5' deep or pulled up onto the beach? Use the lighter anchor & shorter line. There's no real sense in keeping several hundred feet of line in your locker or on deck if you only use it 2% of the time (and then you have to neatly coil it each time). Or will you use it in an exposed anchorage with fairly decent waves coming in? In that case, the 5-pounder, more chain, and longer line are called for.

Your choice.


skred posted 03-15-2004 08:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     
I've used the same 5-lb Danforth on 2 13's, my 15, and my former Montauk Never had it slip or drag in over 25 years...
casacolumbia posted 03-15-2004 05:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for casacolumbia  Send Email to casacolumbia     
Thanks to all who responded to the 13 sport anchor question.
Mako posted 03-16-2004 12:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mako  Send Email to Mako     
4.4-pound Horizon Claw with the chain/rope rode that Chuck mentioned. Fits nicely in the anchor well, doesn't hang up on kelp too bad and it's only $20.

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