Mailport May 2013 Issue

Mailport: May 2013


The April 2013 small anchor test article was well written and scholarly, which I appreciate—of course, I am an engineer, which could explain a lot. I did have some questions: 1) How would one of the spade anchors react to a side load if buried in sand or mud? My theory is they would probably pull out before the shaft bent. 2) Is it realistic that a load from an anchored boat would ever be at 90 degrees to the shaft? My theory is that there would be some component of load less than the measured 300 kilograms load on your test boat.

Frank Bailey

Colleen III, Beneteau 331

Deale, Md.

These are just the questions that we sought to answer in our anchor article this month. See page 12.


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