|Now, this one has been some time coming. I started to review and consider anchors a decade ago.|
One hook to rule them all, One hook to mind them;
One anchor to make them fast and to the bottom bind them.--with apologies to JRR Tolkien
So, I have been anticipating this arrival of my latest precious for some time, mainly because some bolloxed paperwork held it up a week somewhere in a Pennsylvania depot. Meet the new main anchor, although not at present the best bower, of the sailing vessel Alchemy. It's a SPADE S 140, the 30 kilo/66 pound galvanized steel and lead anchor that is about one and a half sizes oversized for the boat, which is a good margin in my mind. Should we have to, we can bring it up and in through use of a manual windlass, or even by hand, although that, I can attest, having tried it at dock this afternoon, while possible but not fun.
|Ground tackle by FedEx: the delivery man was a touch flushed bringing it to the door|
|The anchor's two-piece: the plow part and a forged shaft that slots in a keeper and is secured with a 3/4" bolt.|
|Very well cushioned!|
|It's in good condition. It should be: we've never used it.|
|Yes, the real thing. The best 1930s ground tackle designers could devise, but things have changed since then.|
|Hard to see, but it says the anchor make.|
|As in "make me an offer".|
|That the shiniest damn galvanizing I can recall.|
|I may change this for a split pin.|
|The SPADE doesn't look as massive as I had thought it would vis-a-vis the anchor roller and bowsprit fittings. In fact, it looks a good fit.|
|The shank is secured by a 3/8th inch line and the chain by a chain hook. In addition, the shank is wedged under the end of the pipe rail. I may devise a "keeper" (even just a piece of metal plate) to secure the anchor more firrmly on its roller.|
Some considerations to come include the installation (at last!) of the Lofrans Tigres windlass, which will necessitate a rather daunting rethink of the forepeak workshop, plus the drilling through of a hawse-pipe through the deck for the chain fall; the making up of a better chain hook, a snubber for the plate at the waterline below the bobstay seen in the photo above, the making up of a suitable anchor bridle, and even the creation of a cheap anchor buoy. Finally, a use for a Clorox bottle!