As further real world experience - we have a 55lb anchor on our 13 ton ketch
, with 80m of chain. We've used for the last two seasons (and last year had only 60m of chain on), having sailed RG for 6 years before that with a CQR
We changed because we were having endless problems getting the CQR
top set in the weed of the Med, both endangering the boat
, and ripping up a lot of weed every anchoring
session. We extended the cahin in 2009 to cope with greater depth
, and the lighter anchor makes that easier to manage.
We are very happy with the Rocna
, with two issues. We like to have a pin through the anchor while on passage
, up to about 48 hour trips. We think this is safer than a rope
tie down and faster than a complicated knot
. This proved very difficult to achieve without making another hole in the shank. We think Rocna should allow for this with a small slot simply for that purpose (but of course it needs to be in exactly the right place for a Maxi
The second point is that as it sways a little when you tread on the shank or the fluke, it's a PITA to get off when coming in bows to in the Med. The CQR sat flatter so it was easier to stand on to get ashore.
Neither of these points bear any relation to the Rocna operating as an anchor and are very
minor gripes compared to what we have found to be an excellent anchor. It has held us so far in up to 35 knots, including in 20m of water
on a 3.7:1 scope
. Of course we haven't used it in tide, but swinging about in wind
has not been an issue: in any case we use a swivel in tidal water
. (this is a separate argument.)
It goes in, bites hard and stays put.