IMHO, the plough was a great anchor
for its time, but most recent tests suggest you can do better. Yachting World's November '09 review comments on the plough: "The CQR's results in this test were so astonishingly poor that we wondered if they'd sent us a faulty one."
They do say the CQR
did much better in previous tests ...
Of course, it all depends on substrate etc. But weight-for-weight, high performers in recent reviews
include the Spade (S80), Manson Supreme, Bugel and Kobra 2. I have no doubt the Rocna
is also a great anchor
. (Which of these is a good buy depends a bit on prices where you live.)
These anchors are particularly good when the boat swings to tide or wind
, a point of failure of the Danforth. All held around
a tonne when other anchors were breaking free at 200-500 kg (YW average across tests). A Fortress
FX37 averaged two tonnes in a straight line pull (great kedge).
Happy swinging on my Bruce, but when it blows I break out my Manson. (Just a shame the roll bar won't fit in the darned anchor locker