We are what you might call reluctant converts to the CQR. When we bought our boat (a Mason 43), we also bought an aluminum Spade (A140) which turned out to be a waste of money. The alum. Spade would not set in any but the most ideal conditions
(too light, I imagine, since the steel
ones are reportedly better). So we reverted to the 45# CQR that had come with the boat. It was supposed to be a temporary situation. Yet for the next five years we used that CQR--from Alaska
, across the S. Pacific and in New Zealand
. The only time we dragged was in Mazatlan--but that wasn't the fault of the anchor (we had been unable to set the anchor, but did not move because we wanted a good Wi-Fi signal; we got blown into better holding ground by a thunderstorm). Keep in mind, we live
on anchor--when we're not underway, we're on the hook.
Finally, in NZ, we had the chance to acquire a larger CQR for a decent price--a 60# CQR knock-off by Manson. We thought about buying
a different type of anchor, but for us that would be like going from something that we know works to something that we're unsure of.
Those that say you should have different types of anchors for different types of holding ground don't seem to understand how much work it is to switch out 45#-60# anchor
. It is not practical. The CQR will set in any decent holding ground; if it doesn't set, we move the boat.
I could get into a theoretical discussion of why we like the CQR, but that's been done so often. In the end, we use the CQR because it has never let us down.
We still have the Spade, which I'll sell to you for, say, $20; but you'll have to come to NZ to pick it up.