Danforth Anchors

Submitted: Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 17:16
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I recently bought a warn winch and reference in the literature suggested a danforth anchor can be used to pull yourself out of sand as the anchor imbeds itself against the winching pressure. Found other references in another 4 wheel drive forum. I guess the hold a boat but the anchor isn't likely to become a missile if it comes out of the sand underwater.
Anybody out there used this method for winching and with what success.
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 17:22

Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 17:22
Bury your spare tire in a hole you dig in the sand and away you go! And its free.
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Follow Up By: Member - Cocka - Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 18:40

Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 18:40
And one less thing you have to carry. Bury it deep and side on.Carpe Diem
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Reply By: Janset - Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 18:25

Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 18:25
Hi.

I have had many boats in my time and I have always subscribed to the theory that it is not the anchor that holds you fast but the angle of the warp and the length of chain preceding the anchor. The anchor is merely the hook at the end that stops the chain and scope from dragging.

Regards
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Follow Up By: Member - Cocka - Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 18:37

Saturday, May 10, 2003 at 18:37
Keeee-rectCarpe Diem
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Reply By: David N. - Sunday, May 11, 2003 at 09:13

Sunday, May 11, 2003 at 09:13
In a boat, good chain (warp) is essential so that the angle of pull on the anchor is horizontal. As soon as you get some vertical component, you risk pulling the anchor out of the sand.
In other words with an anchor as the "anchor point" for your winch and virtually no vertical pull, you would get a good hold.
I have seen them used for that and they are 1000% easier and more effective than using your spare.
Yes you would need to stow it carefully- but that goes for most of your gear in a wagon...
cheers
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Reply By: John - Sunday, May 11, 2003 at 10:58

Sunday, May 11, 2003 at 10:58
Thanks guys, sounds like the spare tyre is the go.
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Follow Up By: Member - Rohan K - Sunday, May 11, 2003 at 20:18

Sunday, May 11, 2003 at 20:18
John, the trick with the spare (and/or star posts that I used to carry strapped to the bull bar) is exactly as described abive for boats. You need to get the direction of pull as level/horizontal as possible.Be good, or be quick.
Rohan (Sydney)
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Reply By: bob - Sunday, May 11, 2003 at 11:05

Sunday, May 11, 2003 at 11:05
Hi I use a p.r.t ( portable rescue tree) which I suppose is similar to a boat anchor. It is made by anchor right. (www.anchorright.com.au).
It is excellent in sand
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Follow Up By: David Smorgon - Sunday, May 11, 2003 at 20:03

Sunday, May 11, 2003 at 20:03
Are you serious?
Carry a contraption like that
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Follow Up By: Tony - Monday, May 12, 2003 at 06:00

Monday, May 12, 2003 at 06:00
I used one of those in the Outback Challenge and as a sand anchor it wouldn't even make a boat anchor it was useless even with bigger wings on the sides, and we were not the only ones that had problems, in fact not one in use since 2000 Challange.

The best device is a bit like the Stump Jump Plough with a long shank to keep the fluke in the ground, never had it pull out on sand or mud. it can be pulled apart for stowing.
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Follow Up By: David N. - Monday, May 12, 2003 at 09:16

Monday, May 12, 2003 at 09:16
I've seen one in use (didn't know what it was called at the time) and was impressed.
Like I said earlier- much easier than digging in your spare- that can take a Looong time.
Cheers
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Reply By: John - Sunday, May 11, 2003 at 11:25

Sunday, May 11, 2003 at 11:25
Thanks for the info on anchorright.com.au I will have a look.
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