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Old 03-28-2012, 08:07 PM
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Hi All

I am new to this forum and a new MC owner. Bought a 09 X-15 so the family can have lots of fun! This forum is fantastic. It is great to see so much knowledge and experience being shared.

I have been reading every thread I can find about anchors. I have been trying to sort out what kind of anchor to buy. We run in a BC lake with a sandy bottom. Can usually anchor in 6-10 feet of water. We only anchor for a few hours at a time, never overnight. From what I have read a box anchor with an anchor buddy and a buoy is a popular choice. I like this, but that is 1 expensive anchor. Don't get me wrong it is holding a much bigger investment, but WOW. Does anyone have any experience with some of the other anchors that have worked good? If the box anchor is the best then the box anchor it will be, but did I mention the price????

Love to hear your thoughts since I am very inexperienced with this.
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Old 03-28-2012, 08:11 PM
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I've had the 30 dollar anchor from wal-mart hold me just fine on bigger boats than what my MC is.... Try it out, if it doesnt work, give it to someone and get yourself a pricey one. I find it's not so much the anchor as it is knowing how to set the thing.
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Old 03-28-2012, 08:30 PM
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I use a fluke style anchor at is for a larger boat than my X-2. The other thing I use is a heavy duty coated anchor chain that is 6-8 feet long. I have never had a problem getting a bite, and have lost a few. Good thing is I can replace it cheap. If I lost a box anchor I would rent scuba gear and retrieve it!!!
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Old 03-28-2012, 08:35 PM
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I got both of our anchors from "skiers cove" on lake conroe. One of them is a high dollar one I use for my bow anchor. I seen a boat load of idiots loose it one day as the guy fell overboard and literally got ran over. After they fished him out and his head flopped open they hauled a$$, I went and scored that anchor and found my stern anchor with chain at the same time. Gotta have a small stern anchor.
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Old 03-28-2012, 08:42 PM
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I use the box anchor
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:18 PM
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You can get good coupon codes from overtons if you search. Box anchor is well worth the money. You can't put a price on piece of mind.

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Old 03-28-2012, 09:20 PM
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Baby box for me.
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:24 PM
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If you are anchoring in a "no wake" zone with that sandy bottom lake the inexpensive way is the way to go. If you are anchoring in the rougher water, you'll probably have to go big...size and price.
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Old 03-28-2012, 09:29 PM
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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.
Previous: 1993 Prostar 205

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Old 03-28-2012, 09:44 PM
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Box-- the only way to go!! Next to "sham-wow" the 2nd best accessory for boating....
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