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Posted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 5:18pm

Post Subject: Anchors

Is there an easy way to work out what size anchor (and chain) I should have for a 57ft narrowboat? Also, should it be fixed to the bow or stern, and what's the correct way to use it?


Posted: Tue Apr 15, 2008 6:43pm

Post Subject: Anchors

Yes and no! If you get some books for yachtsmen from the library I am sure they will tell you the answer, but it will be based on weight of boat and depth of water you will be anchoring in. From a practical point of view the anchor should not be heavier than you can manage - this may well alter depending if you deploy from front or stern. Try balancing on the prow of a narrowboat lifting a 56lb anchor plus its chain! The chain should be at least 5 meters long with a long length of strong, preferably a bit stretchy rope attached to a very strong part of the boat. T studs have been known to come unyielded when the strain of anchoring in flood conditions is applied to them. If you deploy from the stern it will be fast in the case of an emergency and you will normally be in a better position to recover the anchor having a more direct lift, but it is also easier to get the rope or chain around the prop. Deploying from the bow will take longer, but it may well be easier to stow the anchor and its tackle. Tony Brooks

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