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Hi there,

Just got myself a shetland 535 with 60hp johnson and it comes with the basics as far as fishing is concerned. I need to know what weight/design of anchor it needs and what length/grade of chain should go with it. Any advice would be appreciated, thanks a lot

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Hi Dan,
What type of ground are you most likely to be anchoring over? as this determines the type of anchor you should use.
For safety and better holding, the chain should be at least the length of the boat.
 

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I guess its generally cleaner ground, such as off isle of whithorn in south west scotland, or the mud at loch leven/etive etc. bit of drift fishing on the east coast but no anchor for that! what thickness of chain should I get?
 

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Anchors are a matter of personal choice and what youhave confidence in, they are your brakes after all.

There are so many options and opinions. I prefer CQR type and would use a 10lb size on your Shetland with about 20 foot of quarter inch short link chain and at least 12mm rope to make hauling kinder on your hands.

A usefull tip whatever anchor you get is to set it to trip. Attatch the chain to the working end of the anchor and use a cable tie to attatch the shank to the chain. If the anchor gets fouled the cable tie will snap and the pull will be reversed allowing the anchor to come out backwards.
 

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A usefull tip whatever anchor you get is to set it to trip. Attatch the chain to the working end of the anchor and use a cable tie to attatch the shank to the chain. If the anchor gets fouled the cable tie will snap and the pull will be reversed allowing the anchor to come out backwards.
What a bloody good idea that is, ive just got another length of thinner rope attached to the bottom and onto a float then you pull that if you get stuck. Remember that you need around six times the depth of water in rope length if your using warps. If you use chain only then three times the depth and a mixture of both go somewhere in the middle. If your unsure on the international regulations for prevention of collisions at sea, charts, VHF procedure etc etc i would strongly recomend the RYA Day skipper course. A simple course that is worth its money I had my moneys worth in the first 2 hours. contact your nearest college many of them do RYA courses for much less than specialist centres failing that go to www.RYA.org.uk
Good luck and happy boating
 

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hi glasgow dan,

i fish the same areas as yourself from my dinghy and after a lot of trial and error have graduated to using a 10kg bruce copy with 10 metres of 8mm galvanised chain.

this might seem a bit OTT for a 15 foot boat but when you anchor in loch etive or leven, you might even want to have a bash for skate off oban, you will be putting it down into pure silt, very mushy and in depths of up to and over 500 feet the wind can make you drag and drag....

i use 220 metres of 12mm blue polypropylene rope and don't feel i need any more even in 500+ feet.

all the guys in my club use similar gear minimum 7.5kg bruce copies tripped as chrisp says with a couple of cable ties.

we use the alderney ring and bouy method of recovery, this is a tricky technique to master and you would do well to get someone who knows the ropes to show you how it's done before you try it your self.

the equipment can be bought from www.craysidemarine.co.uk they also have a wee tutorial on the technique, but it is tricky if you are trying to learn on your own

my mate thought i was daft using such a big anchor and chain, but as i say "better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it"

he now uses the same setup as me and doesn't drag anymore

les
 

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Here is the chart that the french use (see attached file) it gives you an idea of what to use

I have a 6.15 m boat <1000kgs and use a 12kg anchor with 10 meters of 8mm chain and 12 mm rope

slightly more than the recommended values

Hope this is of some help
 

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Thanks guys, thats handy. Im thinking ill go for a 7.5kg anchor and 10m of 8mm chain. Ill be getting some 12mm rope off a guy shortly so that should set me up. Ive used the alderney retrieve a lot in friends boats, so I guess I know the technique, but the final question would be what size of buoy would suit a 7.5kg anchor and 10m chain?????? Cheers
 

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i was thinking it would be in the region of 24-30 inches!!!
 

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i use a great big orange one about 24 inches

think about the 10 kg anchor rather than the 7.5kg, it doesn't make a lot of difference in the storage or lifting, but a lot in the gripping stakes

the kit sold by jeff at crayside marine is the biz

just MHO
 
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