Mailport July 2011 Issue

Mailport: July 2011


In regard to the editorial in the December 2010 issue and the Mailport letter in the March 2011 issue about the “Great Anchor Debate”: I have to say that I am very biased in favor of CQR anchors as they took me around the world, anchoring a couple of thousand times, with only three dragging incidents, all of which were my fault for not letting out enough scope. We anchored on all types of bottoms, sand, hard mud, soft mud, rock, coral, weed, and who-knows-what because the water was 150 feet deep.

Nothing, repeat nothing, holds a boat in place on any bottom, and in any wind, better than a properly sized plow anchor and as much chain as you can let out. As much chain as you can let out means everything in the chain locker.

Laurie Pane
Dolphin Spirit, Mason 53
Australia and California

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Comments (1)

Hey. This letter is two jammed together with some text missing.

Regarding the epoxy testing, please also consider testing products from Progressive Epoxies ( The proprietor, Paul Orman, has a rather cacophonic website, but he seems to have a very good product line at practical prices. I'm doing a huge hull blister re-lamination using their "Premium No Blush" cycloaliphatic epoxy, and I'd love to know how that stacks up to West. I've never had trouble with West, but I want the best epoxy on my bottom & blush is just more work. Are non-blushing epoxies really a free lunch? I considered Raka, East, System 3, and MAS before settling. Initial results are good, but I cannot test like PS can! Thansk!

Posted by: PAUL S | September 1, 2011 1:12 PM    Report this comment

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