Originally Posted by funjohnson
It's been two years... what do you think of the 55lb Rocna now for your 37' boat?
I have been extremely pleased with the anchor and it has not faltered once. Perhaps the best example is we anchored in a channel in south Puget Sound
(between Hope Island and Squaxin Island) for a long weekend, and with each tide change experienced currents of almost 4 knots from completely opposite directions. The boat would "sail" upcurrent (it has a long fin keel) until the rode
was bar-tight and extending out almost 90 degrees to the side of the bow roller and then hold this position for hours. It put considerable and continuous pressure on the anchor, I could almost walk on the rode
it was so taught. It did this four times a day for the four days we were there for a total of approximately 13 direction changes and resets. I was pretty nervous the first couple of days, if it wasn't for the anchor watch on the Maretron display and my cell phone
I probably would have had to move because I wouldn't have slept. The Rocna reset every tide change with no problems and we got so comfortable with it that on the third day we left the boat to go explore Hope Island for a few hours.
One other observation, the Rocna seems to penetrate vegetation pretty well as we have anchored several times in places where our friends using a Bruce on a Catalina
42 simply cannot get their anchor to grab. The area has some pretty dense rubbery brown vegetation (I believe a combination of Palm Kelp and California
Rose Seaweed) and our Rocna has had no problem getting through it every time. We have never failed to set anchor on the first try whereas our friends have had to move to a different area in order to anchor all but one of their attempts in that spot.
I do get a few raised eyebrows and comments from folks when they see the size of the anchor on the bow, and most criusers say something to the effect of "you must sleep well with that!" and I always reply with an emphatic YES! It fits perfectly on the bow of our Tartan, I couldn't go any larger (nor do I want to), and after using it for a while suspect I would be happy with the 20KG Rocna recommends for our boat. But I have to say, having the extra surface area on the larger anchor definitely helps me sleep at night, especially after seeing it work
so well for that extended weekend of tide changes.
Hope this helps...