Interesting discussion on the "best and proper" way to set a CQR anchor. I can understand the points made, but in the real world of anchoring and sleeping at night, the CQR didn't do it for us.
We often arrived at our anchorage late in the afternoon, and we didn't have time for the CQR to "set in" for a couple of hours. We had to know that the anchor was holding immediately. In Suvarov atoll, there are coral
heads scattered all over the lagoon
, and once the sun goes down, if your anchor drags, you are toast. If there is a wind
shift or a squall at night, you don't have the luxury of the anchor taking time to gradually sink in for a bite. There are too many coral
heads close at hand in every direction.
When we anchored behind Fraser Island in Australia
, there was a 180 degree shift in strong current
several times a day, and we didn't have the luxury of waiting for the CQR to gradually set in the seabed. There are boats all around in many tight anchorages
, and the anchor has to reset immediately, or you will hit another yacht. We had to move our catamaran
on two separate occasions because yachts were dragging down on us when their anchors did not reset when the tide/current shifted.
When my CQR worked, it worked great. And if there weren't wind shifts, tide and current shifts, then I could have slept at night with my CQR. But where I cruised, there were wind shifts, tide shifts, and current shifts.
The issue for me wasn't whether I could get the CQR to set. I could always get it to set. The problem was how long it would take to reset when my yacht was in a remote
location and a failure to reset would result in disaster. That was my problem with the CQR with our high windage yacht.
In the real world of trade
wind cruising with squalls, wind shifts and currents, I had to have an anchor that reliably reset in the dark without my intervention.
That's why I switched to a Buegel, and after I got my Buegel, I was able to sleep at night without an anchor watch. The Buegel reset quickly when a wind or current/tide shift happened.
The question remains the same. Do you have an anchor that makes it possible for you to sleep at night? What anchor is it?