Kedge Anchor at Stern

  • January 28, 2013 4:13 PM
    Message # 1191849
    Deleted user
    I have a nice Fortress anchor disassembled and stowed in my v-berth.
    I've been thinking it might make more sense hanging it from a bracket on my boom gallows frame so it's readily available for kedging or whatever.
    Any opinions?
    Recommended anchor brackets?

  • January 29, 2013 4:03 AM
    Reply # 1192270 on 1191849
    You can never have too much ground tackle ready to go.

    There is a rail mount available for a Danforth.  Not sure if it would fit a Fortress but since they are similar it's worth checking out.
  • January 29, 2013 6:35 PM
    Reply # 1192962 on 1191849
    Deleted user
    Sea Gypsy (Hull #743) keeps a 25# Danforth at the ready on the Port post of the boom gallows. We've only needed it once, but were glad it there & handy.
  • June 06, 2013 2:21 PM
    Reply # 1311108 on 1191849
    Deleted user
    On Second Wind I keep a 25# Danforth in a bracket on the gallows frame and keep the rode in the lazarette with the line coiled in a bucket, ready to go.   Used it once while anchoring on the ICW and hope I won't need it to kedge.  For kedging I think it's a better choice to use a bow anchor and the Simpson Lawrence windlass, just for the power to get the boat off the shallows.   -Tom
  • August 06, 2014 11:14 PM
    Reply # 3066129 on 1191849
    Deleted user


    I have a second windlass on my boomkin. After anchoring in the Sacramento Delta I thought it might be better to have some winching power astern. Then I ended up in Nawiliwili Harbor in Hawaii and anchored there with two anchors off the bow and a 25lb CQR. It was blowing when I anchored in the morning and after a quick trip to the store, the gusts were already above 50, and the boat was dragging sideways towards the breakwater. Somebody had taken my dinghy to secure their boat and I was getting desparate. I found the dinghy, rowed out and luckily drifted into Polaris, my W32, hauled the dinghy which was spinning in the air on the painter. I let out more stern anchor line and tied that to the bow, causing the boat to swing into the wind and stopped the dragging . The next day after the tropical depression had passed, it took many hours to weigh both anchor and relocate to a better spot in the harbor.

    Lesson: Fore and Aft anchoring is fine in a narrow spot. But definitely not out in the open, let it all hang out from the bow!

    Mike Z

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