Rocna arrived!


One thing our surveyor wrote to me in his report, before we bought our Hallberg Rassy Monsun, was that the anchor was a bit small for the size and weight of our ship.

The anchor in question is a 12,5 kg CQR on a nylon rode.

John Vigor, in his perfect book “the seaworthy off shore sailboat” recommends a 16 kg plough anchor for boats 31-40 ft in length.

Now, we do plan to anchor a lot more in the future and therefore we need to have an absolutely mega safe anchor system. Normally when anchoring for the night I sleep on deck with the GPS alarm set. A good anchor will avoid a grumpy captain who didn’t sleep the whole night. Nobody wants a grumpy captain.

Anchors must be one of the most popular topics in boat and yacht forums, but also in yacht literature. Having read a lot of these and doing a lot of research and asking questions I choose a 15 kg Rocna with 50 meters of 8mm chain. Yes, I know it is a bit on the heavy side and an expensive choice but since I am not taking any risks with safety I will not have it any other way.

The CQR will be our spare and we have also a 8 kg Bruce which is normally standby when we are manoeuvring in close quarters (long keel!). I remember wanting to throw it out going into the Marina port, coming from Split, with a 30 knots headwind when I was passed by two big motor boats, at the last moment, just before the entrance and who then blocked everything because they couldn’t decide where to berth.


1 thought on “Rocna arrived!

  1. Excellent choice! We went even further, buying a bit overkill 20kg Rocna and 70m chain. We used to have 100m, which did fit into the chainlocker, but was just too much weight for the boat. However, since we bought our Rocna we didn’t drag once. Even in very strong winds, big chop and short scope, the anchor held!

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