Anchoring technique and equipment is a topic near and dear to crusing boaters, and is one that can become something like a religious or political conversation – people have very strong views. For example, Trawler Forum has an entire forum set aside for Anchors and Anchoring, with over 19,000 posts. What we know about the topic is that we don’t like our CQR anchor, and have had a number of problems, both with setting and dragging, with the last one having us leave an anchorage at 3 AM to find a better spot. So, high on our Philbrooks list was replacing the CQR with something bigger and better. I am a member of the Nordhavn Owners Group, which is a wealth of information on all things related to owning and operating Nordhavns. Consulting the group, it seems clear that the preferred replacement anchor is the ROCNA. It has a long track record, and is reported to set quickly and hold really well. The downside is mostly around how the anchor actually fits on the bow roller and stays in position.
I’ve decided to do something that may be a bit heritcal, and am going to experiment with a SARCA Excel, as I mentioned in a previous post. I’m working with Chris from Ground Tackle Marine, who happens to be located right near Philbrooks in Sdiney, BC. He sent me a couple of pictures today to show me the initial fit, and I like what I see.
Here it is sitting on the bow of the boat. It is certainly not obvious from the photo, but it is a “size 13”, weighing about 140 lbs. It seems to fit really nicely on the pulpit and roller.
Here is a shot looking at how it connects to the windlass. The bar at the end of the anchor is called a flip link, and basically causes the anchor to get into the right position to stow when it comes over the bow roller. It serves the same purpose as an anchor swivel (another one of those topics that will generate endless arguments). There is a chain stopper under the bar, positioned to evaluate fit. However, I don’t think we will wind up going with that setup. Instead we will have a short snubber line that has a loop to go around the windlass and a chain hook that we will use for setting the anchor. We will use a turnbuckle setup to secure the anchor when underway. I’ll show some pictures of those when they are installed.