Donny G

Anchor dragging

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1/4” chain is adequate for a boat of that size. A proper length of chain serves two purposes. One is to quickly lay the anchor flat to the bottom upon deployment, enabling it to easily dig into the bottom. The other is to create a catenary that prevents the anchor from pulling free when seas lift the boat. Basically, you can’t have too much chain. 

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Nothing wrong with having an anchor that's a little "big" for the boat.  When I had a 15-foot outboard in Long Island Sound (many years ago), I had an 8-pound Danforth with 10 feet of chain, which the books all said was too much, but the boat stayed put when I wanted it to--without having to scope out 200 feet of line.

 

When it comes to anchors and chain, the smart money says err on the heavy side.

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Thanks for all the reply’s   I’m thinking way more weight, as in 2-25lbs plates I could sling and carabiner them on to the anchor line as needed. As I had no power I would not be able to Set the anchor properly. 

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A 13lb plow or danforth, and 15' of chain is all you need.  More than enough.

 

And you won't need 6-1 scope unless you're setting anchor to withstand a storm.

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