I understand your comments about the weight of my 70 pound Beugel anchor. It's probably heavier than it needs to be. But remember, I was doing a circumnavigation
. I anchored in tight anchorages
on short scope
. I anchored in deep anchorages
on short scope
. I anchored in remote
areas were a dragging anchor could have fatal consequences. It could be the end of the voyage.
I used a 60 pound CQR
and dragged it all over New Caledonia
, and Australia
. I got tired of dragging anchor in marginal anchorages.
I converted to Beugel when I cruised in New Caledonia
with German yachts. When they put down their 40 lb Beugel anchors, they immediately dug in and stuck to the bottom as if they were superglued in place. Four of us would go into a challenging anchorage, three beugels would instantly dig in to the bottom, and I would try to set my 60 lb CQR
two or three times before it held when I backed down on it. It got to be a joke. One of the Germans was a diver, and he said he wanted to dive on my anchor while I was setting it to see what was going wrong.
When it came to anchoring
, the Germans using the Beugels would anchor close to shore, way too close to the coral
as far as I was concerned. But they never had a problem because their Beugel never dragged. I would never have anchored that close to coral with my CQR.
After one full cruising season in New Caledonia, I was convinced. I also met a prominent German cruising author who was sailing on his Privilege
around the world, and he had a Beugel anchor on his bow. I asked him how he liked it. He said that he formerly used a 60 pound CQR, but he had a problem with it dragging. When he switched to a 60 Beugel, his anchoring
That pretty much made up my mind that I had to give Beugel a try. When I got back to Australia
, I went to Main Street Metals and had them fabricate an anchor for me. They make them in all sizes - from 2 pounds to over 200 pounds. They would give me any size I wanted, and they would construct it out of high tensile steel
if I wanted. I selected the biggest anchor that I could fit on my bow roller, and that was a 70 pound Beugel design. They said it would work for sure because that size anchor had held hundred ton fishing
trawlers off the coast of Australia where they anchored in 400 feet of water
. In fact, they told me that they once had two trawlers lying in tandem to the same anchor, and the anchor held, but unfortunately, it pulled the bollard out of the deck
in a storm with both trawlers lying to the single
I put the seventy pounder on my bow roller, and sailed from Australia back to America by way of Thailand
and the Red Sea. In the two year trip, I only had two times when the anchor did not set well. Once on a steeply sloping bottom in the Red Sea I could not get a strong set in fifty feet of water
, but it didn't matter because the weather was settled. The other time it didn't set properly was on a rocky bottom in the Canary Islands. During the rest of the circumnavigation
, the anchor was unstoppable.
Would a sixty pound Beugel have done the same thing? Probably. But I was so tired of dragging my 60 pound CQR around the sea bed
, I decided to go for the seventy pound Beugel. Since I got my Beugel design, I have slept soundly in storm tossed anchorages half way around the world. It worked for me, and for everyone I know personally who have used them.
Even though I trust my Beugel 100%, I always back down on it to be sure that it has dug into the seabed. Occasionally there is hard pan on the bottom, and I wouldn't trust my boat to a Beugel if there's nothing on the bottom that it can dig into.
The other reason I'm sold on Beugel is because when there is a wind
or tide shift, the Beugel resets and does not drag. I could never trust my CQR to reset in those same conditions.
I had a 200 foot all chain rode
, and I would have thought the CQR would do the job. Most of the time it did in the easy anchorages. But when things were dicey, and the anchorage was difficult, the Beugel exceeded my expectations.