Originally Posted by Curmudgeon
The CQR came with the boat and was set up on the windlass. No other reason. Where I've had room for 6 to 1 scope
, the CQR has held very well, so I saw no need to change.
Gotcha. I'm sort of in the same situation, though there are two things that annoy me a little bit about the CQR, and I was bored one day so I started to poke around, and now I have it in my head
that I really "need" to change anchors. I'm sure you know how that goes.
We have a 60lb CQR as our primary. I've never had a problem with it holding or dragging. And she's held us through some reasonably snotty stuff over the years, though admittedly in good-holding harbors. Several times she's actually held us when we were the anchor boat in relatively large rafts and we've had some blows come through. So from that perspective, once we get her down and set, we really have had fantastic experience with the CQR.
That said, she's finicky to set. We really have to be patient, and be prepared to pull her up and start over, which we've done on several occasions. That's a bit of a pain. Also, she won't self launch with our setup, which means I have to manhandle the anchor overboard
. Not the hugest deal, but not desireable.
This led me to toy around with getting a 73lb Delta
, mostly because they self launch, they set easily, they supposedly have more holding power than the CQR and, relatively speaking, they are not that expensive. So, I started to research
. And then, of course, I learned that the next generation anchors (Rocna, Manson Supreme, Spade) perform materially better than the plows. And of course, they are just about twice as expensive. Not quite, but enough more that now it's a decision, rather than a "what the heck I'll give the Delta
a go and see what happens."
All that leads me full circle to thinking that I'll stick with the CQR for a little bit, modify our procedure for launching to make that process a little easier, and see how annoyed I get early in the season with her difficulty in setting. Then I'll make my decision. It's just hard to spend the better part of a $1,000 on a new anchor when the one you have holds like a champ once you get her set. I sleep awfully well once I get our CQR down and set, which is no small benefit. But, if anyone wants to buy a 60lb CQR in excellent condition and well tested, that could make my decision a little easier . . .