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Fiorentino Sea Anchor Delivered.

Christmas was a bit early today with the delivery of my 6ft diameter Fiorentino Sea Anchor. I was surprised by the small size of the box. The sea anchor comes with a nice green bag, which was to be expected given the $400 price tag. I have to say that it does look very sturdy. The hardware is massive, with a large swivel, which I suspect to be the same for all models. The fabric is nice and thick. The nylon lines go all the way around the canopy. It does look small for my boat, but that is what Fiorentino recommends for a 10,000Lbs displacement vessel; the Morris Frances 26 weighs 7,900Lbs. There are a couple weights sewed-in the bottom perimeter of the canopy to prevent it from spinning too much.

Fiorentino Sea Anchor

Fiorentino Sea Anchor


Fiorentino Hardware

Fiorentino Hardware

I will use the anchor with a 10ft 1/4″ chain leader and a float on a 30ft line attached to the rode side of the swivel. 1/2″ nylon is what is recommended for the anchor rode, which does seem thin, but who am I to contradict the manufacturer, and my wallet.. 300ft would be a minimum. I can either use my backup anchor rode or buy a new 300 or 400ft spool, we’ll see..

Tomorrow I am getting my CNC-cut hatch parts, and will build it over the week-end. I can see a road trip in my near future!

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Anchor Choice.

Anchoring seems to be a major topic of discussion on sailing forums. One of sailors’ worst nightmares is to wake up grinding on the rocks after dragging in the middle of the night or in a storm.

Dagny came with a 20lbs CQR, no rode. While a good anchor, there are better newer models available today. I will keep the CQR as a backup and get a 35lbs Rocna or Mantus. Both sell for about $375, not a small investment. The Mantus can be disassembled while the Rocna is welded. Both would be adequate for storms.

CQR Anchor

CQR Anchor

Rocna Anchor

Rocna Anchor

I have 250ft. of 5/8″ nylon for the Mantus and 300ft. of 1/2″ nylon for the CQR. Both will get a 40ft. of 1/4″ high-tensile strength chain leader. I wish I had bought all 5/8″ rode; not so much for strength but resistance to chafe.

One of the nylon lines will have to serve as rode for a parachute sea anchor, which will be set-up with a bridle from the bow to help the boat while hove-to, “à la Pardey…” The method is explained in their excellent book:

Anchors are one of the few things I will not try to save money on.

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