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My current primary anchor is a SeaTech Spade, with a Danforth HT, a Mantus, and a Fortress on standby as spares and multiple anchors for major storm situations.
I started out on my first major cruise in the Caribbean with a Delta 55 anchor and later upgraded to a Delta 88. And in 2013, finally settled on one of the modern scoop anchors, a 99-pound Spade S180. When we sold our heavy monohull in 2015, I opted to keep the Spade anchor and the 300 feet of G4 chain.
See my presentation on "Modern Anchors and Ground Tackle" for my ideas on selecting the appropriate anchor, chain, shackles, and swivels for your boat.
Windlass: I loved my Lofrans Tigress windlass on the CSY. The new cat came with a Lofrans Cayman 88, which is the newest model in the Lofrans Horizontal Windlass Line. I considered swapping windlasses before selling the CSY, but stuck with the Cayman 88, and it is of similar design and quality as the Tigress.
For snubbers I have an assortment of all 5/8" lengths of 3 strand nylon in lengths of 10-35'. With a catamaran, our snubber attaches to each bow cleat.
Chain: I replaced the chain on my CSY in 2006 with 300' of new 3/8" HT ACCO chain. From the start, I was in the habit of end-for-ending and remarking the chain about every year and a half when I was at a dock. I have now had the chain re-galvanized a couple of times over the past 13 years, and it is still in very good shape (as of 2019). I opted to bring my anchors and chain with me from the CSY. The 100 lb Spade is a bit of overkill on the much lighter catamaran, but overkill is good in a storm.
Anchor Swivels: I don't think that having a swivel
will help those that are having a problem with their anchors dislodging
in changing winds. I think that would be more a problem with the anchor type
vs. the bottom and/or the setting technique.
Many quality swivels and shackles you could buy are only rated for the BBB
chain, and if used with HT chain become a very weak link. That problem,
severe corrosion, improper rigging and lack of mousing were problems with
many of the boats that have reportedly lost their anchors due to problems
with swivels or shackles.
2013 SSCA Presentation on Modern Anchors and Ground Tackle for all
Dave's research on anchors.
There are lots of
ways to do connect your boat to a mooring. Some ways work better than
others. But if you are using one line run from one side of your boat through
the mooring buoy eye and then back to the other side of your boat you will
certainly chafe through. The problem is the yaw causing the sawing action on
the lines. It is a common mistake and we have seen several boats lost in the
Pacific because of this!.
You also have to watch for chafe on the anchor(s) hanging off
your bow, as explained in great detail on this website:
You have to minimize chafe in multiple locations so chafe protection is very important. But. tight heavy chafe gear will increase heat/melting of stretchy nylon lines during heavy surging. So I like G4 chain, full strength shackles and equal strength low stretch polyester line rigged to multiple strong points on the bow.
In November 2012, Dave helped our friend Jack on s/v Kitty Hawk move his boat from a mooring to a dock. Jack had this nifty little windlass remote. We ended up buying not one but two (you always need a spare, and the price was right). We bought ours on eBay for only $40 for two, including shipping!! They are cheaply made, but do the job, and we have a second for backup. (Note, you need a special A23 battery not commonly found, so make sure you get a battery too).
We have since installed it on our windlass--the installation took about 10 minutes to wire the remote's "sender" across the electrical terminals below decks. It works really well, except for a slight lag, which you get used to.
We keep our remote in a ziplock, as it is definitely not waterproof.
Here's a link to purchase one on Amazon.com
These are made in China, and do not have any safety interlocks on them. Use carefully!! The actuator is wired across your existing windlass solenoid.