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Last year I wrote that we had increased the number of anchors onboard Katana to three but in reality, that wasn’t completely accurate. Our friends who are cruising in the Caribbean right now reminded us of the value of having an anchor for our dinghy/tender. I was pretty sure that we had a small anchor somewhere forward in a locker and sure enough, with a tiny bit of searching I found this guy:

If we add on some rode this little anchor may be all we need to keep our boat fixed on a sandy beach (think barbeque and potluck party), keep our stern away from a nasty dinghy dock or keep us out of trouble if our engine fails and we can’t row against the wind/current. Thanks for the tip(s) guys!

Out for a tour in the dinghy.


  1. I think you’re just looking for reasons to work on rope splicing. 🙂

  2. Just like the ones the Navy hangs on their warships. I don’t know if they ever use them, though!

    • A tiny bit smaller though. 🙂

      • Looks good. We have a 2.5-pound Guardian (like Fortress) and has done all of those things well. For sure put it in a bag, to save you tubes.

        We keep a milk crate under the tender’s seat:
        * Takes some strain of the tubes
        * Keep “stuff” in it: fishing permit, Jessica’s opperator’s license, starting fluid, spare gas can, horn, anchor, lunch, lights, and so forth.

        The rode on my tender is a funny thing; I was bored and so I spliced some old bits of ~ 5/16-inch 3-strand together, while watching television, for practice. I broke my own no-splicing rule! And there was no real reason – I have plenty of other line. Just bored.

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