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best type of anchor for florida waters

Posted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 2:47 pm
What is your advice on the primary anchor for holding in Florida coastal waters ??

Posted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 6:39 am
by Barry L
Years ago we chartered a GB 36 on the West coast of Florida. There was a CQR type anchor on the main anchor line and I had a lot of trouble getting it to set. I ended up swapping it for the Danforth type spare that was on board. I had much better luck with that one. Seams like some of the sand bottoms are so stiff that the CQR was just laying on its side and unable to bite.

Posted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 10:51 am
by Tom Overs
Ok I don't know what the bottom is like in Florida, but....

Danforth for sand every time as far as I'm concerned.

Right, lets start an anchor thread. :)


Posted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 11:31 am
by Bruce Marino
Having lived & cruised in South Florida & the Keys for years, go with the Danforth. Works well 95 % of the time but have a CQR just in case.

Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 4:34 pm
by Sleepah
Everyone has a favorite anchor and I am no different.

I have a GB-42 and swear by my 66# Bruce knock off by Lewmar. I have used this anchor 3 years from Maine around to the Gulf Coast and the Bahamas and am proud to say, I have never dragged in all that time. And I almost always anchor out. And I cruise 7 months a year.

66# is a big anchor and you need a powerful, well installed windlass to handle it. I also have an all chain rode of 3/8 high test chain which is a size larger than recommended. And I use a fairly long stretchy 7/16" snubber. (I switch to heavier ones when it airs on.)

Weight is your friend.

Incidentally I have a 105# wife who handles all this with ease.


Posted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 6:55 am
by Barry L
At what size is an anchor called a moring :D

Posted: Sun Oct 14, 2012 10:37 am
by GB42-267
At what size is an anchor called a moring
At the point where such a big ass anchor is used that the windlass can't heave. :D

Bjorn M

Posted: Sat Oct 20, 2012 5:38 pm
by Sleepah
My Tigress winch handles the 66 pounder with ease.

Aboard SPARTINA we sleep tight with 66# on the bottom held by a 3/8 HT rode.

I have a blog and we constantly sing of Brucie's (my anchor) benefits. There are long siloquies where i actually converse with Brucie. And I have been known to caress his sinuous blades and rub suntan lotion on him.

I also talk to Star, Portie and Westie who reside in my holy place.

But I never drag and my 3 diesels are always ready and willing.

Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2012 5:46 pm
by GB42-267
My Tigress winch handles the 66 pounder with ease.

if anchoring in 50' of water, you can add another 83.5 lbs for the weight of your chain and 167 lbs in 100' of water. I don't believe you anchor in 100' of water in Bahamas, but the lbs adds up quickly as the depth increases.

Bjorn M

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 9:29 pm
by hmason
We travel from CT to FL and back. We anchor at least 40 times in each direction. We've used a 45# CQR and a 45# Manson Supreme. Our boat is a 46' Europa. IMHO, nothing touches the Manson Supreme for peace of mind and a good night's sleep. We have endured winds as high as 50 mph without dragging an inch with the Manson. We have dragged the CQR in the middle of the night in a freezing cold rain and high wind. A night we won't soon forget. That's when we decided to buy the Manson. Haven't launched the CQR since. BTW, all chain rode. Good luck, Howard

Florida Anchor

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:56 pm
by tdomenech
I live in Florida and have been up and down east coast from west of Key West to Charleston and up west coast as far as Tampa. Use Rockna (sp?) and never move. Often times anchored in current (like Matanzas, Ft. Pierce, inlets, etc.)