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Practical Sailor magazine is reviewinga Tiki 30 built by Dave Martin a frequent contributor to Good Old Boat magazine. There are some photos of our Tiki 30 as well. This has been a good year for Wharram exposure. David

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I recently bought a Rocna 22lb anchor for my Tiki26, and have been scheming a bow roller arrangement. I noticed in the Practical Sailor article that Dave had a double roller setup just aft of the forward crossbeam, in contrast to the one forward of the crossbeam on your Tiki30. Do you have thoughts on the pros/cons of the two arrangements?

The further aft the anchor is carried the less it will contribute to pitching. Our Tiki 30 has a slatted teak deck between the first and 2nd beam. The anchor rode is stored under the deck right behind the first beam. This makes for a large clear foredeck which is very secure to handle the anchor and spinnaker. We also pull our tender up on this deck when we are making a passage. It also has the anchor out in front of the beam where it is easy to deal with and hook to the bow cleat and attach the anchor bridle. We also tie jerry cans with additional fuel and water behind the fwd beam when going cruising. The way Dave martin has done it certainly moves the anchor and rode weight towards the center of the boat. Everything is a compromise.

David, how heavy is your Rocna?
I think you have a very good arrangement for the anchor and rode stowage. Hanging down from beam1, does the anchor ever hit waves?
Ralf, the shank of the Rocna, 10 kg, sticks up past the roller at the top aft end of the bracket. In this photo it was newly installed. We have since added a short loop of 1/4" line to the crown of the anchor and this line pull the anchor up tight against the bottom of the bracket and secures the anchor. this has worked well.
I have never noticed the anchor hitting waves but I am sure that it must at times. I race the boat sometimes and usually will leave this anchor and one of the secondaries ashore. If you only anchor occasionally on a boat smaller than a 3o' then perhaps the anchor and rode would be better stored in a large ice bag. This is how i store my secondaries. When we are cruising and anchoring every day this system has worked well.
With the Rocna it will set very deeply and it will take some serious pulling upward to dislodge.When I am on the foredeck with the rode wrapped around my hips and straining with my legs, I am very pleased to be pulling against the teak deck as opposed to a tramp. My aft tramps are strong with eyelets every 2" but it is still point loading against fabric. Still, when I build my next personal boat I will have a tramp forward and the anchor on a bracket just fwd of the mast base. This will be for performance issues rather than cruising convenience. Again, everything is a compromise. David
Thank you David, this is all good valueable info to me.

Hi David,

I am going back to this older post to ask you if you ever had second thoughts about your 10kg Rocna being too lights for the T30 if serious cruising is the aim which will involve anchoring more often than tying up to a marina in my part of the world. I am just before buying anchors and chain. I have never used the Rocna myself but one reads a lot of good things about it. Thanks


I am happy with the size of the Rocna. I don't keep my boat in a marina. She lives on either the hook or occasionally a mooring.
Thanks David

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