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big musk411

So what do you guys use for anchors? I was out last night and had a tough time staying put with my 15lb riveranchor in my 16ft boat.

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Ralph Wiggum

A fluke style or a Richter will keep you put. Just keep in mind you'll need abotu 3X you depth in anchor line (10 feet of water = 30 feet of anchor rope).

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big musk411

Thoes look sweet, I think that will be my next purchase. As always, Good advice Ralph!

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Ralph Wiggum

I just saw the Richter anchors at Fleet Farm for a fair price. I would go a step up from what they recommend in size for your boat. Better to have a bit too much anchor than not enough!

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Loon

I have the 30 lb. river anchor from Cabela's with 150 ft. of payout and I've never slipped with that.

I bought that anchor after bouncing my 15 lb. for years.

It finally snapped off and I've never looked back.

It seems like overkill during the drought, but I know in high water I'm fine.

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Tim Ellis

Save your back from those heavy anchors. I have a 9400 series Waterspike with 100' of rope and it always holds even on Mille Lacs with high winds. Go one size larger than the size listed, i have a 18'6 Crestliner and bought the 9400 which is for 22'-35' boats but holds mine everytime. Attach the rope to the anchor with a 4-6' length of chain to avoid wearing the rope on rocks. Also most people don't put out enough anchor rope to "set" the anchor.

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Save your back from those heavy anchors. I have a 9400 series Waterspike with 100' of rope and it always holds even on Mille Lacs with high winds. Go one size larger than the size listed, i have a 18'6 Crestliner and bought the 9400 which is for 22'-35' boats but holds mine everytime. Attach the rope to the anchor with a 4-6' length of chain to avoid wearing the rope on rocks. Also most people don't put out enough anchor rope to "set" the anchor.


It is very nice to only have to pull up a 10 pound anchor instead of a 30!!!

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