Sorry, Ray. My answer was not particularly helpful. It's just that question comes charged with some serious opinions around here.
My opinion is probably not terribly useful. I've owned one boat and I've only ever used two types of anchors on it. When we bought the boat, it came with a 45lb Spade anchor. It always set the first time but I felt it was a bit small for our 40' 13 ton sailboat. So we upgrade to a 73lb Rocna and love the crap out of this anchor. It always sets the first time. We've tested it's holding in two days of solid 35 to 40 knots and we never moved. I've dove on it after the wind
reverses 180 degrees. The Rocna pretty much pivots in place. There's no drag/reset. In the year we were out cruising through BC, the US west coast
, we anchored 300 nights all on the Rocna. Never a problem.
You'll probably get some replies about build quality of Rocnas. We got ours from the Canadian distributor so I can't speak to the build quality of new Rocnas. I'll leave that to everyone else.
I've got opinions on all sorts of other anchors (cough-CQR-cough) but all those opinions are based on other boats' experiences, not mine, so those opinions aren't really worth typing up.
There's lots of vitriol and misinformation out there about anchor types, especially in internet forums
. I would place more value on walking the docks and talking to people who are out cruising, setting their anchors, waiting out blows and find out their opinions.