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    I wouldn't mind using a fisherman's anchor for my 16' sailing and rowing boat (unballasted), but these don't seem to be very available in the US, At least not in the 7 to 10 pound range. They seem available in the UK fairly inexpensively, but no luck this side of the Atlantic so far.
    Anyone have a source for these, or do I have to give up on my dream of becoming a nostalgic old salt?

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    Find a fab shop and have one made, then have them send it for galvanising with their next batch.
    Here is a pattern.
    Anchor1.jpg
    You will need to do some sums to find the scaled dimensions for the weight that you want, or just scale it for the size that you can stow.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Keep searching for one used. I found one for my dory, though I must say it's inconvenient to stow.

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    Toplicht https://www.toplicht.de/en/shop/deck...f-dinghy-anker shows a bronze Herreshoff dinghy anchor in their online catalog.

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    ebay has a wide used selection: https://www.ebay.com/b/Antique-Anchors/63615/bn_2309515

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    In terms of used anchors, at what point an I using a piece of history? Some of those hand forged ones seem pretty old.

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    some more: https://www.go2marine.com/Kedge-Fisherman-Style-Marine-Anchors-Black-Finish?gclid=CjwKCAjwqpP2BRBTEiwAfpiD-9VaQFNW3X5FlDWBvWq-TWR5NB6j23AVMOIVdYXq2Viuzz4pDYjJIBoC_TkQAvD_BwE

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    Paul, I did see those. The smallest is 20 lb which seems a bit large for such a light boat (~300 lb dry)?

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    One might consider two minor changes to Peerie's nice sketch. Have the palms taper back to the flukes to make snagging the rode less likely. Many have the cross bar L shaped with a ball on the short arm of the L, a collar at about halfway along and a slot and cotter allowing the cross piece to fold and make it (a little) less unwieldy to stow. Actually, I may even have one of about that size, somewhere

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    Nice small ones are hard to find on this side of the pond. I think you could be looking be looking for a long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David W Pratt View Post
    One might consider two minor changes to Peerie's nice sketch. Have the palms taper back to the flukes to make snagging the rode less likely. Many have the cross bar L shaped with a ball on the short arm of the L, a collar at about halfway along and a slot and cotter allowing the cross piece to fold and make it (a little) less unwieldy to stow. Actually, I may even have one of about that size, somewhere
    I'll agree with the ability to fold the stock, too fiddley a detail to show on that sketch of key proportions.
    However, the benefit of that flat wide palm is that it will bury the anchor efficiently, whereas adding area nearer the crown, at other than the optimum palm angle of attack will hinder or prevent the anchor fully burying and so developing its full holding power.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    If you can fabricate, there is this: http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthre...king-an-anchor
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Dang, that's cool... Maybe someday 😝

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    Update on the model Paul pointed out in post #7; I've been in touch with go2marines customer service, and they've added the Washington chain and supply 15# Kedge to their site. I've ordered one and will post here when I have a look at it.

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    Will be interested to see it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Z View Post
    Update on the model Paul pointed out in post #7; I've been in touch with go2marines customer service, and they've added the Washington chain and supply 15# Kedge to their site. I've ordered one and will post here when I have a look at it.

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    It looks like a sensible design.
    If the palms are blunt/thick edged see if you can find a blacksmith to draw the edges out to thin and sharpen them. That will also increase the area of the palms, a win-win as it will sett easier and hold better.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    The anchor has arrived, and here are some pictures. It's labeled 15 lbs, but it's definitely heavier than that (according to UPS the shipping weight was 28 lbs, and it was only wrapped in cling-wrap). The manufacturer sight lists the nominal weights as as minimums and yah, no kidding. Still, I'm pretty pleased with it.

    https://imgur.com/a/InWqnko

    edit: also, it arrived with a bolt that was too bent to get the nut off, so I cut it with bolt cutters. I happened to have a pin that fit.
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    Finally broke out the bathroom scale. A whopping 27 pounds O.o

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    Well, it's 15+

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    Wow. Too big for practical use?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Z View Post
    The anchor has arrived, and here are some pictures. It's labeled 15 lbs, but it's definitely heavier than that (according to UPS the shipping weight was 28 lbs, and it was only wrapped in cling-wrap). The manufacturer sight lists the nominal weights as as minimums and yah, no kidding. Still, I'm pretty pleased with it.

    https://imgur.com/a/InWqnko

    edit: also, it arrived with a bolt that was too bent to get the nut off, so I cut it with bolt cutters. I happened to have a pin that fit.
    I like it. It would be improved by sharpening the palms and you need some codline as a keep for the locking pin.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    I picked this little one up today for a whole whopping $30!
    A nice little 10 pounds.
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    Score!


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    Quote Originally Posted by nedL View Post
    I picked this little one up today for a whole whopping $30!
    A nice little 10 pounds.

    I'll give ya $75 for it.

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    I saw it in the window of an antique store in Keyport NJ (long maritime history), and said “sold!” To myself before even walking in.

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    Lucky dog.

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    Check out the Herreshoff Kedge Anchor on line. It is made by several companies and even in bronze! It is a very very good anchor!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nedL View Post
    I picked this little one up today for a whole whopping $30!
    A nice little 10 pounds.
    It looks to be the same model as the one on this thread:

    https://www.herreshoffregistry.org/f...hp?topic=113.0

    From what the poster there has said, similar sorts of 10lb folding anchors were selling for $4.10 when new in the 1880s...!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndanteEd View Post
    It looks to be the same model as the one on this thread:

    https://www.herreshoffregistry.org/f...hp?topic=113.0

    From what the poster there has said, similar sorts of 10lb folding anchors were selling for $4.10 when new in the 1880s...!
    Thank you! that is some interesting information for sure.

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    I just picked up a 60 lb big brother to my little folding yachtsman anchor. Kind of neat.
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    Cool! Let us know how well it holds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johngsandusky View Post
    Cool! Let us know how well it holds.
    Yeaaa, .......... No.
    Sadly, or maybe not so, this (for the time being anyway) is destined for a life on the deck at my house with a couple of others. 60 lbs is a bit much to man-handle over the side of the boat without scraping things up, besides I would trust my Danforth more than I would trust this for holding.

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    I get it. Mine is 50#, lives on a cat, and is still not easy to manage. But I love how it holds, when cruising with crew it is our go-to anchor.

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    Yep, no catheads on a lapstrake power boat.

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