They say that about 80% or more of your time cruising, is at anchor...
unless the 'Dirt Dweller' is still not 'exorcised' from you - which puts you at a marina dock! - and more demands on the "Cruising
So good Ground Tackle (& good seamanship skills to use it correctly) is going to be your 'Life Line' when you're not
On the S/V Second Wind, we've put a lot of thought and research into our Ground Tackle...
With our latest purchase of a 45lb Mantus Galvanized Anchor, we have completed our inventory
of anchors - for now. (I'm sure as we cruise, we'll 'pickup' a few 'keepers' - left behind by some unprepared or unlucky cruisers)...
Our Anchor Inventory is as follows:
Click on the colored tabs under each Listing for more Info!
The Rocna 15 - 33lbs - Primary Bow Anchor
with 300' Peerless Acco G40 5/16" High Test Chain
and 200' 1/2" Nylon 3 Strand Line ("Gold Line" from a prior sailboat I owned) *Total 500' rode*
Peerless Acco G70 1/4" Chain (Higher Strength than G40)
I discovered it from another experienced sailor who is in the marine business (he uses 1/4" G70 with a Fortress anchor to make his stern anchor setup lighter). I use it only with my Stern/Lunch Hook Fortress G-16 anchor. There can be issues with any attempts to "re-galvanize" - so do your research! ...and Unfortunately - Its ONLY available at West Marine, and not even listed in the Peerless Catalog. (I got a significant discount by using a WM Port Supply account of a friend's!)