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  1. #1
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    Default Anchor for a narrowboat?

    A guy I know has a 56 ft steel Narrowboat.He intends taking it onto the River Weaver at some point and has been advised he should have an anchor. Anyone know what type and weight Narrowboats normally use ?

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    Default Re: Anchor for a narrowboat?

    I thought the usual procedure was to tie up to the bank?

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    Default Re: Anchor for a narrowboat?

    Plenty of mud on the Weaver so get a CQR or Danforth about 15Kg. The boat is long, but only 2m beam and there will be few waves on the Weaver. A short length of chain 2-5m perhaps, with a decent rope will be fine (say min 20m with a hard eye splice & shackle or rope to chain splice - Jimmy Green marine supply them ready made).

    Why not go thro' the Ship Canal & R Mersey to the Leeds Liverpool canal? With high pressure and decent tidal timing it would be a great trip.
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    Default Re: Anchor for a narrowboat?

    Hi
    Searush is perfectly correct. on our 58 foot narrowboat we carry a 32lb Danforth and about 8 metres of 10mm chain with 25M of 3/4 nylon. Hard eye for the shackle that joins chain to rope and soft eye for hooking over the front T stud.
    Narrowboats do not anchor as such but carry the above ground tackle almost universally to self arrest on rivers if they have engine failue and need to stop before a weir or other hazard.
    Hope this helps.

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    Default Re: Anchor for a narrowboat?

    If there is a river current you could also use such an arrangement for drudging. Tie the anchor back onto the chain (ie fouled) so it cannot dig in, then just let it drag along the bottom. You will drift slowly down current - speed controlled by current & length of chain/rope deployed. The current will move faster than the boat giving enough flow over the rudder for good manouverability. Trick used by square riggers in rivers before the days of steam tugs or when owner was too tight to pay for tug! Could get you out of trouble some day.
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    Default Re: Anchor for a narrowboat?

    If he needs an anchor then there's not a lot particular to one type of boat or another, nor the seabed type, which dictates what type of anchor should be used.

    Avoid anything old generation, CQR or Bruce (or copies). A Danforth would probably be okay but any new generation type will be more efficient and more reliable.

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