Very interesting thread on the Spade, and great to see the USA Spade dealer participating in the forum. Always a good sign when the folks that sell products are willing to discuss them online!
We had a plough on our last boat, a Catana
, and it dragged all over the place. I replaced it with a Rocna
and the only time we ever dragged was once in thick weed, which seems to cause issues for all the high tech anchors. When we purchased out current
boat, an Outremer
, I had it fitted with a Spade, because I had heard such good things about them in the Mediterranean
. We cruised the Med last summer with the Spade, and it was excellent. I can't say it's better than the Rocna
, but it's certainly every bit as good! We did have trouble a couple of times getting it to set when there was a lot of weed on the bottom, but finding a clean spot of sand or mud and dropping the spade, gave us a strong set every time and we never dragged, even in 40 knots.
I'm going to get a second anchor
this year, because I want to have a backup anchor
, and also to use as a stern anchor in certain situations. Being a weight conscious multi owner, I was thinking about the aluminum
version of the Spade, does anyone know how well they perform vs the same size steel
Spade or Rocna?