Did you have any issues with your Rocna fitting on the dual factory anchor rollers? Which one did you get?
I've got a 35 pound QCR and need to add a second anchor anyway so I'm looking at the Rocna. I'm probably going to do 100FT Chain and 150FT rode.
Anyone able confirm that the Maxwell VW800 Windlass uses 5/16 G3?
Any other hints that might help me here? Thanks!
If you have two plow anchors,two sets of 100 ft Chain and rode that is a significant amount of weight forward.
I have 125 of chain and 150 of rode on the Rocna with a Danforth stowed nicely in the locker. It’s lighter and easier to move if using as a stern anchor.
Yes to the chain size on windlass.
2) Does anyone use the Delta anchor, it gets a good recommendation from the English magazine, Yachting Monthly as a lower cost (than Rochna) and solid alternate for cruising sailors.
I prefer the port roller because I belive my smaller Danforth can stay on the starboard roller and will still fit well with the new anchor.
The CQR has dragged on two separate occassions on me in conditions where a wind shift of 90Deg the first time and another of 180 Deg the second time caused it to slowly drag. The 180deg shift happened at 2:00 AM and fortunately my 6th sense woke me up and upon checking my charter plotter we were indeed dragging for about about 50 feet and were still moving. We had to leave the anchorage and get out to open water in 35 kts of wind on a very dark moonless night. All ended well enough but I'm done with the CQR. On both occassions I used a 5:1 scope, including 105' of 5/16 chain.
I think CQR tends to drag by laying on its side with a wind direction change. Even the Danforth doesnt do that!
I replaced my Delta 10kg anchor two or three years ago with a Rocna 15kg (or I think that size - I am not at the boat right now). I have 200' of 5/16th chain attached. Around here I usually make it a point to not anchor in more than 40' depth at low tide. I only once dragged on the Delta and have not on the Rocna despite major winds (25+knots) on a couple of occasions. I run a watch if it gets so windy - say at Sucia or Montague or Newcastle. I run it on the port side roller with a bail that does not impede it and is critical to keeping the chain on the roller when the boat swings suddenly in heavy tidal directional changes and it is really windy. On a couple of occasions I heard a major "clang" noise when it hit the bail. I also rigged up a simple snubber to stop the clang and that works fine.
I keep the Delta as a spare with a mixed chain and line totaling 250' and don't keep it on the bow.
Call me at 360-371-3374 and we can discuss further.
Thanks for the great input. I've decided to go with a Rocna 20. Its a little heavier perhaps than needed but i only carry 105' of 5/16th chain so the weight in the bow of the heavier anchor shouldn't be and issue. The existing CQR is a much heavier beast than the Rocna.
I'll put the Rocna on the port roller and keep the Danforth as a hot spare on the starboard roller. I use it occassionally as a lunch hook.
The Rocna is actually a little cheaper than the equivalent Delta so that's all good.
If the bail is a problem i believe I can get a bigger one to accomodate the Rocna 20. It has a larger shank than the 15 so a larger bail will take care of that issue.
Thanks again for your valuable input, hope to see you out there this season. We expect to be in and around Desolation Sound in the coming weeks so let us know if you are planning to be in the area.
I too have the Rocna 20, it was the first thing I added when I got the boat three years ago. I had used a Rocna 10 on my C250 and was sold, so ditching the CQR and getting a Rocna was step one with this boat.
I run mine on the starboard roller and left the bail in place. Haven’t had any issues with the set up and I find the bail helps to “seat” the Rocna properly every time (and I don’t have a swivel, just couldn’t find myself trusting a swivel).
I just tried to upload some photos I found in my phone, however apparently the “file is too big”, so I can email them to you if you send me an email.
S/V Tavish B.
Thanks for the input, i keep hearing the same good things about the Rocna, so I'm sold too. I get my new anchor next week and will be ready for some more comfortable nights at anchor.
I'm not convinced a swivel is a good thing either, just want a nice big shackle.
Thanks to everyone who responded.
Anyway, can someone please tell me if I can simply order 5/16" grade 40 galvanized chain and not have it hang up on the windlass?
ps. also worried about Country of Manufacture.......
Thanks in advance
Also added a 16mm nylon anchor snubber using a prussik and spring hook. Works fabulously.
As a side note when I replaced the anchor chain, the last 40 meters was a rusted lump in the bottom of the locker. The PO had obviously never used more than about 25 meters of chain.
I bought heavy duty plastic grid from hardware store and cut to shape of bottom of the locker before the chain went back in, so chain now sits high and dry above the locker base, worth doing unless you routinely run all the chain out and clean out the base of the locker.