Why are some people blaming him for having to use a spare anchor
A 20 lbs will probably sound way too Mickey Mouse to people sailing a 50' yacht, but it's not so undersized for a 26' boat ... Rocna
(yes, different anchor, I know) actually advised me not to go +1 size cos their 22 lbs is already "oversized" for a 29' boat.
As to deceiving a local fisherman into helping: great advice!
After being used like that once or twice, the locals will think twice before they help the next person who finds himself in trouble ...
Read up on the laws (!) and be nice to the locals, especially if you want their help.
But even when you don't: just treat people the way you want to be treated. Goes a long way.
I'm just hoping for a Christmas
miracle here, as it doesn't really look all that hopeful ...
Fingers & toes are crossed!