I;m sure that what ever I say will be wrong here but here goes.
Why is that..Do you have a history
of being wrong..?
Well, I have the opposite experience:
I dragged severeal times with my CQR
, finally after sitting up a whole night on anchor-watch, I got read of it and bought a Delta, 2 sizes bigger.
Have not dragged ever since and that was 5 years ago and probably 150 days/nights for anchor
, including encounters with numerous squalls and storms.
I always set the anchor
good before I put my guard down.
If the weather
is good and is forecast
to stay good, I back down on the anchor with 2000 RPM
, if there is storms in the area, I go full power in reverse and use severeal lines of sight to make sure we don't drag an inch.
I use a minimum of 7:1 on an all chain rode
The above is rather conservative, but the results have been 100% succesful.
Not sure what the bottom conditions are in your area, but if it is rocky and not suited for a plow type anchor, then a CQR would not have been any better than a Delta.
Same in soft mud, the Delta or CQR will slowly drag backwards as you attemtp to set the anchor, the only remedy is to pull it up again and find a different spot..Which I have done several times, even with the big Delta.
If the anchor can not pass the holding test of at least 2000 RPM
in reverse, go somewhere else.
It is not the fault of the anchor, rather the bottom is unsuitable for anchoring
, regardless of type or brand.
(I have one Fluke type anchor on board that can be adjusted from 32 to 45 degrees angle so the flukes will dig deep in soft sand or soft mud, but that would be for an emergency
In an every day anchoring
situation, if the anchor don't set, I just pull it up and find another spot, say 100 feet away, then try again.
That usually does the trick)
So, uh, to sum it up, don't give up on yer Delta, if ya use good technique, have good scope
and have a good bottom, then a good anchor will hold yer boat in a blow...I promise...