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Hi to the very knowledgeable folk on here!

We need some 'elp:

Our new boat came with an anchor, which we believe is not  much use on the Broads... so we are looking for a mudweight.

Question is - what weight should a mudweight weigh ? (tongue twister not intended!) or rather, how do we know what weight we need? Presumably there is some sort of formula...?

And whats the best place to find one? Are we likely to get a second hand one?

Karen

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It's the wind that causes the problem. Size of weight depends on windpull on boat. We use a 48 lb weight on a 30ft boat. We also have a 56lb weight that we sometimes take with us, for example if we are going to Barton Regatta with a sailing boat alongside and rafting up with friends. The 46lb one is the standard broads cylindrical weight with a ring on top. The 56 lb one is an imperial sack weight. Mud weights have a value on the Broads, unappreciated elsewhere. So if you live away from the Broads try the local auction, junk shop, farm auction etc and see if you can pick one up for next to nothing. Once you have one, give it a couple of coats of hammerite. Mudweights on foredecks tend to leave a mark, so think about a piece of carpet tile or a plastic drain cover to keep the weight clear of the deck and prevent the stain.

If it wasn't for appearances, a plastic parafin 5 litre flagon, filled with sand or concrete would serve the purpose.

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I have found it the other way around. I have a 46Ib mudweight which seems to drag more often than not so I bought an anchor and that has never, ever dragged. Not even a little. Have you tried the anchor? If not, give it a go.

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Karen i have a few spare 56lb sack weights will paint one for you as a gift for your new boat.
Just be careful when lifting it out of the water,or you may strain some thing.
All you need is a length of nice rope.
R U about this Sat?

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Our new boat has an 18kg mudweight for a 30ft long boat.  I am hoping that should be more than enough!

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Simon,
in strong winds you may find you drift,
When we Hired off Whispereing Reeds,we used to get a couple of mud weights to hold us on Hickling broad.

roya

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I try to avoid mooring on the mudweight in high winds, but it is my plan to get a second mudweight anyway, as there may be occasions when we may wish to drop one over the rear as well.  She's also got an Danforth anchor.

Simon

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Simon,
Would you like a 28lb sack weight,you could paint it to match you boat.
If so i will bring it to the meet for you.

roya

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here,s my mud weight, and I also have a 28lb as well, works really great at Wroxham Broad, picture enclosed hopefully!! Bob, ps to mike and Karen its me thats in the dinghy, watered beer down too much, no water for Dinghy

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14Kg is eough for boats up to about 29ft 18Kg for larger boats add three foot of chain before attaching the rope and you are unlikely to drag.

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