OK, HERE GOES--MY ANCHOR IS BETTER THAN YOURS, MY ANCHOR WAS FIELD TESTED TO HOLD THE QUEEN MARY..........
Now seriously, I have anchoring
experience here in Massachusetts
& Rhode Island
where I have enjoyed many nights on both a Bruce 33 and later I upgraded it to a 44#. That was for use on my 30' Hunter
. It used to be VERY reliable. BUT NOT TODAY!!!!!!!!!!
have seen ell grass
proliferate all over the places. Sure, the Bruce seems to set but it does not!!! No way would I consider my boat
safely held on anchor if I could not put full engine
power on it .... in my sailboat that was a 15HP Kubota. Of course, not full power in my power boat
. I used 5/8" 3 strand nylon shackled to thirty feet of 3/8HT chain with a swivel/shackle attaching the rode
to the anchor.
What happens is a HUGE DIVOT weighing well over 50-75#s of bottom gets attached to the anchor. The anchor just rips out the bottom rather than hold. I also tried out my 44 Bruce in my 40 Silverton. It held very well in sand........I could see the bottom, but again when I dropped it in ell grass
, the same old problems happened. OH ... and just try lifting that pig out of the water
It is your boat. People who are not familiar with our anchorages
will say "the Bruce is a great anchor" and it probably is, I depended on them for years. But conditions have changed.
I now use an 88# Delta
and 5/16HT chain with no problems. If you keep your Bruce and use it around here, BE CAREFUL!!! Make absolutely certain that it isn't going rip a chunk of the bottom out. Enough said, its your boat.