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Ground Tackle

anchor locker

December 2008. New Bedford, USA. Anchor locker.

Here is a picture of an anchor locker. Moonwind has two anchors, both Danforth-Fortress-Fluke style. One medium size and one very small, good only for a dinghy. She needs a bigger bow anchor and an anchor roller plus a good CQR anchor.

April 2009. Curacao. New anchor and chain-rode combination

I purchased a 35-pound CQR, the best of all anchors ever. It holds! I also bought a new 15-foot chain 150-foot rope combo.

July 2009. Curacao. Another spare CQR

In July I added another 35-pound CQR because when anchored on two anchors, one CQR and another Danforth, Danforth always drags and is of no use on its own anyway.

anchor-roller
November 2010. Dominican Republic. Anchor Roller

June 2011. St. Martin. All chain

Prior crossing the Atlantic ocean, I replaced two 3- and 5-meter pieces of chain with single 30-meter 7-mm hi-test chain.

August 2015. Curacao. New chain

After 4 years the galvanized chain got very rusty and became thinner to a point that worried me that it could broke. It also made deck cleaning with an acid more often. I was debating a stainless one for some time. It is at least three times more expensive but would it serve longer? I guess it depends on a particular brand. Most articles that I read said that SS chain was not supposed to be kept under water for an extended period of time. Another words, it is ok to anchor for a day or two occasionally but to stay on the anchor for months or years is not good. They say that SS chain may break without any visual signs of a problem.

Well, I do anchor for long time and with a carbon steel at least I know when to replace it. So be it then - I bought 90 feet of new 7-mm hi-test chain again.