HI Fellow Chris Crafters: 

Now that i have a shiny new Lewmar V1 windlass on my 392 Commander, I need to replace the anchor as the one that came with the boat is far too small and light. 

We live in Amherstburg, Ontario and mainly anchor in areas that are muddy with some rocks.  We do hope to do the North Channel someday when we retire - just not sure how much of that will be on the hook and how much would be at marinas - but likely a combination. 

I am considering a Plow Anchor - and looking for any recommendations as to what others have and their experience.  

Our "Time 4 Us" weighs about 28,0000 

Thanks

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Hi Tom: I bought a plow anchor for my Commander about 5 years ago and I'm am pleased how well it works. I might add that I also bought Lewmar's rope with a chain lead. It is designed to work with their winches. The chain helps the plow dig into the bottom really well. When I drop my anchor it has planted itself on the first try every time. I'm still amazed how well it works with both muddy or rock bottoms.

We anchor every summer weekend in Georgian Bay with our 33Kg Rocna. It's never failed to set. I agree with the chain comment above - we have 200' of chain + 150' of rope, which means we never see the rope (just there for emergency). The chain keeps the anchor at the correct angle, causing it to dig in deeper as the boat sits on anchor. At a minimum, I would have twice the length of your boat in chain.

We often anchor with friends that have a 41' boat and a plow anchor and they have been very happy with it's performance as well.

Good Morning Tom

I have acquired several anchors over the years and currently carry three on my boat. There is a plow that came with the boat, that I use for overnight stays. On occasion I have had to increase rode to get this to set in soft bottoms. (Rode is 25' chain and 300' Nylon line.) I also carry a Fortress FX 23 as a "lunch hook". This has great holding power for it's size (15 Lbs) and is easy to drop and retrieve for short stops. Wanderer has a full bimini on the bridge which increases sail area, so I don't think I would trust this overnight even though it is rated for boats 38'-45'.  If there is ever $500 left in the boat budget at the end of a season I might replace the plow with an FX 37. The 3rd anchor also came with the boat. I refer to it as the hurricane anchor. It is a 45 Lb steel danforth style anchor that I have never used. It is rated to hold a 48 footer. The FX 37 only weighs 21 lbs and is rated to hold boats 46' to 51'. 

If you are going to use all chain as your road, invest in a "snubber" to absorb the shock on the hardware. 

I bought a Rocna Vulcan 12 for my 31 a couple years ago. It sets great on just about any bottom and holds very very well. I went a size up for my boat and it’s abit of overkill. The recommended size would have been plenty.  

Your anchor isn't big enough unless people laugh at how massive it looks perched on the front of your boat...

Mike H said:

I bought a Rocna Vulcan 12 for my 31 a couple years ago. It sets great on just about any bottom and holds very very well. I went a size up for my boat and it’s abit of overkill. The recommended size would have been plenty.  

Thanks Lewis.  I do have 50' of chain that was installed with the Windlass as well as 150' of rope.  
Good to hear the plow anchor works well.  Its high on my list of considerations. 

Lewis Perrault said:

Hi Tom: I bought a plow anchor for my Commander about 5 years ago and I'm am pleased how well it works. I might add that I also bought Lewmar's rope with a chain lead. It is designed to work with their winches. The chain helps the plow dig into the bottom really well. When I drop my anchor it has planted itself on the first try every time. I'm still amazed how well it works with both muddy or rock bottoms.

What do you have as far as a pulpit or bow roller w/ a bail?  Some "pass thru" style pulpits do not accept some of the plow designs very well due to the size and geometry of the shank.  Just something to be mindful of...

I have a delta anchor. I've been very happy with its holding power and quick setting. 

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