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    Posted: 26 Feb 15 at 11:51am
From experience 2.5kg is ok for us. We're over chalk rocks & sometimes the buggers really get hooked in & we have to "persuade" them out & up quite vigorously!!! 
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We find 2.5Kg Bruce type anchors better at holding than a 2.5Kg grapnel.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote PeterG Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Feb 15 at 10:06am
2.5kg for a grapnel sounds a bit light to me if you are on the sea, and/or subject to anything much in the way of current. I agree on the need to keep it as light as possible, but having spent too much time chasing race marks during races when the tide set in, I'd tend to go for something heavier, unless you are using pretty heavy chain. Depends on where you are laying them, of course!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote didlydon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Feb 15 at 9:49pm
We've just bought a new Lomo mark & I've rigged it with a 5litre plastic screw top container filled with gravel & sand. That should be enough... It's just tied on the anchor line (8mm 3 strand) just below the mark, spliced to 3m of chain & to a 2.5 kg grapnel
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Post Options Post Options   Quote gordon1277 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Feb 15 at 9:46am
We have something similar and use a standard bucket with a post mix in it about 1.5m below the surface.
make a rope or steel loop set into the concrete rather than rely on the bucket handle.
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I've got money to buy new marks now, so the Lomo ones look good value. How much weight are you putting under them to keep them upright?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote didlydon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 Aug 14 at 12:29pm
MIND YOUR BACKS!! Seriously.... It's literally a pain sometimes hauling in the ground tackle on some of our marks which consist of inflatable type, old sash weights to hold it upright, rope, then chain down to the anchor... especially when the hook gets wedged in the rocks... It might be worth checking this out  http://www.ewetsuits.com/acatalog/racing-marks-buoys-uk.html We've got one of these & its easy to handle. Good luck!   
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Originally posted by Riv

It would be good to have a team to lay marks, however it's just me and someone to drive the boat,so It's got to be light and easy to handle, how do you manage all that chain?


That's all we have, two man team individual buckets one set of tackle per bucket, they are a bit heavy, but lifted into the rescue boat one at a time.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Riv Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Aug 14 at 8:06pm
It would be good to have a team to lay marks, however it's just me and someone to drive the boat,
so It's got to be light and easy to handle, how do you manage all that chain?

The oil rig support vessels have a GPS system that allows them to hover in the same place with an accuracy of a couple of meters even in rough conditions........I have a vision!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote iGRF Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Aug 14 at 12:04pm
We've converted our gear to chain, all the way down, and even that can drift on spring tides if the anchor doesn't hold, we've measured the depths of the outer and inner marks and increased the length appropriately but if the team laying the buoys selects the wrong colour bucket, we'll get a drifting mark. So important to have enough line.

We use small cylindrical yellow uprights on inshore and downwind but large fluro at out to sea & weather marks, we also have used those triangle shaped buoys that do seem to have good visibility but somehow they got shipped to Weymouth and we've not seen them since.
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