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I don't disagree .....
All in all ... my posts allied with all the others - bar a few adverts of course - point in one direction ................... Not one anchor is answer - they all have merits, the bottom is important factor along with prevailing conditions.
All I was doing was showing that my plough anchor even in poor conditions held along with the chain I used............
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SBC I do not agree that your plough has held in poor conditions, it is not a sensible statement. A brick of the same weight would have been just as effective, and clearly there is a large demand for anchors that are not bricks.
I think you have not set your anchor, which is a tsk-tsk from any sail instructor. The fact that you tried and it wouldn't set is no excuse. Still, at least you have a twin-keeler and can just "park" on the bottom!
I have been researching anchors over the last few days, and ended up here. I am afraid I see a large number of posts from people who clearly do not have the relevent experience to address the original poster's query in a meaningful manner.
In fact the most useful piece of information on this thread is the chart from Craig Smith of Rocna. However I have already seen the Sail test itself, so it is not new to me. I consider it not definitive or conclusive, but certainly interesting, and feel the criticism of it is unfounded. Sail and West Marine have done a good job.
Whenever anchors come up, there seems always a multitude of spanners clammouring to ensure their opinion of their anchor is made clear. "My CQR is the best". "My Bruce is the best". Etc.
What I would like to see is someone with useful experience. I do not want to read "My CQR is the best". I want to read "I used a CQR and a Bruce and I decided the CQR was best". Since the thread starter was asking about specific anchor types, does anyone actually have a valid and SUPPORTABLE opinion on them?