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Old 03-28-2012, 11:27 PM
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Go for the Danforth fluke anchor, or the box anchor. Both work well on sandy bottoms, although the box (IMHO) will work better.

On a sandy bottom, I've had my box anchor hold for 30 minutes in 60+ mph winds as a thunderstorm blew through, when my buddy's carefully set dual Danforth setup pulled out. I've also had mine give up after 2 minutes on a rocky bottom without much for it to grab onto when his Danforth worked fine because it could wedge a lot more easily in the cracks that existed.
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Old 03-29-2012, 12:01 AM
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Originally Posted by east tx skier View Post
I've had a 12# tri-fluted anchor hold a 205 or a SN for hours to days in a mild river current with a sandy bottom. I've had the same anchor for 3 boats since 2002.
Same here. Used on my old 20' Crownline for 12 years, now in the X2. I think mine is 16 pounds. I carry 2. One for bow and stern if needed, A good length of anchor chain makes a big difference also......
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Old 03-29-2012, 01:54 AM
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I have the small box anchor and it's great. Well worth the money
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Old 03-29-2012, 02:22 AM
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We have used Richter anchors for years on all out boats. They have never failed us.
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Old 03-29-2012, 03:16 AM
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My first anchor was a danforth. I hated that damn thing. I spent more time messing with it, setting it, resetting it, and even then I'd take my eye off my boat for a few minutes, look back and notice my boat 5 or 10 yards further down the beach than it started. I became so distrustful of that damn anchor I decided the $120 for a box anchor was worth the peace of mind.

My box anchor has been a champ. Its very consistent and takes less time and effort to get a good hold. I rarely have to reset my anchor and it has worked under a variety of conditions. Same boat, but the way - X15.
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:05 AM
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BOX anchor all the way.. I can tie up 3 boats, including mine and not get drift in moderate wind
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Old 03-29-2012, 10:50 AM
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We boat mainly on a man made reservoir and have lost so many anchors in the swim bay (which is primarily where we anchor) that we made an anchor that has not been caught on a stump yet...
An ALL bottle filled with concrete! Works just fine for us!
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Old 03-29-2012, 11:04 AM
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Sandy bottom?---box anchor. Use a medium box anchor for two weeks at a time for our x14v and the anchor doesn't move an inch. I feel ya on the price--tough pill to swallow but I've been thoroughly impressed.
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Old 03-29-2012, 11:27 AM
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We have the box, never fails, even under heavy Powell wind at night.
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Old 03-29-2012, 11:36 AM
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+1 box anchor

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