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Anchor system for 1648 Jon boat? Weight of anchor?


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Anyone have any suggestions or ideas for a good anchor system for a 1648 Jon boat?

I've got a low profile anchor wizard for my kayak that works very well and am considering something like that for my Jon boat. The low profile anchor wizard is only rated for 10lb so I think that model is out of the question. Anchor wizard does make a Jon boat model which i'm considering. Anyone have any experience with Jon boat anchoring systems?

As far as the weight of the anchor, I assume I'd need at least a 10lb - 15lb anchor...?

My total boat weight is probably close to 2,000lbs, give or take a few hundred.

I fish a lot of tidal rivers so the current can get fairly swift at times.

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It depends what the bottom you're anchoring in.  If it's soft mud or sand a mushroom will hold.  Vegetation or hard bottom a fluke will hold better.  I carry a 10 lb mushroom, on my 16' bass boat, and sometimes it takes a while to hold but it will.

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Yeah, anchors work more by shape than by weight.  Finding the right type of anchor for the bottom you're trying to anchor to is more important than finding the right weight of anchor.  But the weight is important too.  And the weight of the anchor you need will depend a lot on what type of anchor your using, as well as a bunch of other factors like current, wind, your boat's drag, depth, and bottom composition.  Also, don't forget the rode.  You need enough rode that the anchor can angle over to do its job.  Otherwise, it just skirts over the bottom and doesn't hold.  And different anchors seem to need different lengths of rode.  And some do better with a chain at the end.  

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I used to carry three anchors on my bigger boat with a quick change on the anchor line end.  Danforth, navy fluke and a heavy home made fluke type so I could anchor in different type bottoms that were in my area. 

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