The DADDY of all anchors
09 June 2013
Immediately after returning home last year I started researching a replacement anchor for Palarran. The current anchor is a 25 kilo (55 lbs) Delta anchor. It had worked fine when we were in the Caribbean but was woefully undersized for the Med. It is a convex anchor that basically digs and the plows, just like a plow for fields. Newer designed anchors are concave and instead of plowing, they dig and hold the mass. Rocna was the original manufacturer of this design and my choice for a replacement. According to the sizing chart I could either go with a 40 kilo or 55 kilo anchor. Someone told me a long time ago it’s better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it, so I went with the 55 kilo (125 lbs).
CYS Marine Supply is the distributor for Greece and I ordered it directly from them. This is a non-stock anchor so they had to order it well ahead of our arrival. When we arrived to pick it up the workers were laughing that it wouldn’t fit in their pickup truck. My heart skipped a beat. Would it fit through my anchor roller? When they brought it to the quay I had a heart attack!! I’d like to use the OMG here - What a monster. It took up half the dingy floor. It did fit perfectly, like it was made for the boat and now our anchoring fears are over. I promise to not dwell on this sorry, stress causing item any more.
The kayak is also very cool and will get more attention in the future.