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Feejer posted 04-10-2007 10:47 AM ET (US)   Profile for Feejer   Send Email to Feejer  
What is a good anchor size for [a Boston Whaler 170 MONTAUK]? I want to purchase one of the vinyl coated ones. Thanks
Feejer posted 04-10-2007 03:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Feejer  Send Email to Feejer     
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Buckda posted 04-10-2007 04:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
What conditions do you anchor in and what is the bottom like?

What is the depth of water?

A coffee can filled with cement will work on a pond with no wind.....but I personally would rather have a lightweight Danforth that has superior holding power. It can double as a storm anchor and you won't have need for two anchors aboard.


Matthew posted 04-10-2007 05:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Matthew  Send Email to Matthew     
I have an 8-lb Danforth copy that has worked well going on its sixth year in a variety of Puget Sound tidal and wind conditions. It was part of a combination package from either Boater's World or Worst Marine, although I could probably get by on a 5-lb hook.
Feejer posted 04-10-2007 07:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Feejer  Send Email to Feejer     
Sandy, Muddy 10 to 50 feet, Upper Chessy, Outer Banks
tmann45 posted 04-10-2007 07:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for tmann45  Send Email to tmann45     
A friend of mine had one of the plastic coated types with 75 ft of ski rope, yes the floating kind. I tried to anchor us in 2-3 ft of water with soft mud bottom, let all of the line out and it never did bite. I figure about 20:1 scope.

Your mileage may vary.

Chuck Tribolet posted 04-10-2007 08:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
Why Vinyl? They are usually pretty junky anchors. Matthew's
8 pound Danforth is overkill. The five pound Danforth
Hi-Tensile (which I have) is rated to 24' boats. Just get
plenty of chain. If you are going to upsize anything, upsize
the length of the chain.


Marlin posted 04-10-2007 10:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Marlin  Send Email to Marlin     
I think I have a 6 lb. Danforth on my 160 Dauntless. It's fine as a lunch hook. But every year I help out at the Chesapeake Bay Swim, and usually end up anchoring in 60-90 feet of water and serving as the snack boat. I put out 250 feet of rode, which is all I have, but in the wind and tide, I usually drag.


Chuck Tribolet posted 04-11-2007 01:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
It all depends on the bottom type. In sand, nothing beats
a Danforth, it just buries itself. In rugged rock, it quickly
finds something to snag. On flat rock (what we call the
shalebeds) it can drag a ways before it snags something IF
it's blowing. Oyster beds? Mud? Other botton times?
Dunno, we don't have any.


Feejer posted 04-11-2007 07:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for Feejer  Send Email to Feejer     
Why Vinyl?. I thought I would help to keep the anchor locker scratch free. This is the first boat I have owned that has a "finished" anchor locker. I did not realize they were not that good
GreatBayNH posted 04-11-2007 11:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for GreatBayNH  Send Email to GreatBayNH     
When I bought my 2006 Montauk 170 last year the dealer threw in a galvanized danforth. Nothing special. I don't know the weight but it's maybe 5-8 lbs with plenty of chain. It works fine in the mud and rocks here in the Gulf of Maine. It hasn't caused any damage to my anchor locker that I can see.

My 2 cents.


Marlin posted 04-11-2007 09:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Marlin  Send Email to Marlin     
To protect my anchor locker I bought a couple squares of Dri-Dek and built a form-fitting basket for the inside of the locker. Works great, looks good too, and keeps the anchor rode dry. The stuff's a total b**** to cut, though.
boatdryver posted 04-13-2007 12:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
I agree with Chuck. Chain, chain, chain. the more of it and the heavier the better. This will solve most cases of dragging. Unfortunately, these Montauks, with all their positive attributes, do not have chain rollers and the chain is a pain to deal with on anchor retrieval.


jimh posted 04-13-2007 09:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Get a Fortress aluminum light weight anchor. The retailer will have a chart showing what size you will need based on the boat size
gorji posted 04-13-2007 08:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for gorji  Send Email to gorji     
I have aluminum Fortress anchor rated for 20' boats.
The chain length is very important. I think I have 6-8'.

Does a great job.

Chuck Tribolet posted 04-13-2007 09:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
There a picture of how I stow my Danforth at .

For the same weight chain, I'd rather have a longer chain
than a thicker chain, provided the longer chain is strong


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