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MarkW
Jul-06-2007 @ 1:25 PM                           Permalink
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Slowly equiping my newly purchased Mayland 14 motor boat/day boat for broads use. Is a mud weight the obvious choice and am i likely to find one small enough for my sort of boat. I am used to sea going boats in a former life so familiar with conventional anchors. Am i right in thinking these are useless on the broads?

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Sure there will be those that know popping up soon Mark but I was told that the broads bottom is largely mud and tree roots making anchor recovery the major problem, if you are going to anchor overnight on a broad then anchor will give you the holding as long as you dont mind unhooking it from the roots.

As to size I wouldnt know I put 18Kg on my 27' but it does tend to drag it in the wind, dont think I would like to trust it overnight.

havn't tried the anchor yet mud weight is just easier.

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Jul-06-2007 @ 2:04 PM                           Permalink
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Anchors tend to simply plough through the mud.  To be honest about 8-10kgs of heavy anchor chain is possibly as effective as anything else.  The mud squiddes through the links and offers more resistance  

Bill...(The Ancient Mardler)

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Jul-06-2007 @ 2:49 PM                           Permalink
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Hi mark, i've got an old boat battery that you could use   tounge-in-cheek Tinhat

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HI Mark
On my little boat i have a very nice blue painted mud weight,but it does not hold in a windy thingy,
what i use is an old fashioned 56 lb cast iron scale weight,they can be bought in local car boot sales very cheaply.
mind you  once in they take a lot of pulling up.
But you tend to stay where you are.

roya

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Jul-06-2007 @ 5:33 PM                           Permalink
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Mark,

If you cant find a mudweight I got some boots with concrete in that would fit Roya LOL


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Hi Mark, I use a Bruce anchor all the time all over Broads and have never had trouble getting it back. It has never got stuck in roots. It also has never dragged, even in strong winds and I would and do use it to anchor overnight most weekends.
Mudweights on the other hand, I wouldn't trust one as far as I could throw it. They WILL drag as soon as a breeze comes up and I would not use one overnight, EVER. They are OK if you are stopping somewhere for lunch but other than that, USELESS. Even a relatively small anchor will hold much more than a mudweight. My anchor is 15kg and holds in anything (30' boat). My mudweight is 18kg and will hold didily squat.

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Jul-06-2007 @ 8:43 PM                           Permalink
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A lot of mistrust of mudweights hereabouts !!!
Personally never had a problem and I never moor to the land, almost always mudweighting and thats often !!!
However I never moor in the wind and always find a quiet sheltered spot. Always find out which way the wind is blowing and tuck up in the lee of the reedbeds or whatever.
Who wants to moor in the middle of a windy Broad when nearby you can always get shelter. All the Broads will have a sheltered bit - head for it unless I am there. Also stops the wind blowing the fishing line and float around.
The only time I have ever dragged is in a squall on Ranworth when a marauding hire cruiser dragged across our weight and dislodged it.
I only use an 18 kg although if a change is expected I do supplement it occasionally with a smaller14kg one and I have a 35' cruiser!
Swinging on the weight is the essence of Broadland boating - peace and quiet !!! The rest of you can moor up on the hards!!! Smile
On a 14 ' boat? My guess is that 10kg would be ample although the heavy chain proposal of Bill's sounds a cheap alternative but muddy when it comes up !!

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We use an 18kg on our 21ft....doesn't move an inch even when it's blowing like mad.....however whilst it might not move when the wind blows we tend to go around in a circle Scared

As marshman says if you head for a sheltered spot then thats even better, however if you have a canopy (like we do) then chose that sheltered spot carefully as your canopy might give before that innocent twig snaps - don't moor near big trees if you got a soft top Smile

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Marc (stinky)& Karen (rag n stick)

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