All magazine reviews are pants, they get a yacht or product for a day, try it once and then give it marks out of 10 or whatever.
These forums provide a much better source of information.
It will not be difficult Mein Fuhrer! Nuclear reactors could.... heh, I'm sorry, Mr. President.
Have a CQR on my boat in Poole - been there since 1963. Great in the harbour mud and not too bad in sand, but hopeless if you go seahorse bashing in Studland now the bottom is infested with eel grass!
I was simply trying to nudge the 'motor boats with sails' brigade that seems to make up the vast majority of "sailing" boat owners to try using sails for all manouvers (as you may well have been). If the wind is suitable I am not adverse to sailing out or in to my marina berth. (And once was applauded by surprised visitors just for sailing around the end of the breakwater). I once had a YM instructor criticise me for anchoring on a run in light airs. Presumably, he was another 'mobo with sails' type at heart and unable to accept that its possible to put the helm over just before checking the chain to avoid it touching the hull.
I was anchored in the mouth of the Helford River for a day on May bank holiday. It was interesting to see that the most of the boats that worked up the river under sail (rather than motor sail) were gaff rigged, plus a modified Freedom 35 with a junk rig. Three of the gaffers tacking up the river were a lot bigger and heavier than most of the 'mobos with sails' that chugged past.
Now that GPS has taken all the fun out of navigation I find the most satisfying aspect of owning a boat is handling under sail - with the occasional use of a sweep or a warp to avoid shattering the peace of a still evening.
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i've spent weeks n weeks out at studland using a cqr without a problem sat through gales etc quite happlily, never had a problem with it setting.
I did rescue a malo 38 that was off on a jolly without its owners, when they got back and recovered their bruce anchor it had a rock nealy fitted in side of it, so maybe there are some anchors (bruce) which would be better if they were truely buried rather than just left to set on their own ?
No one home...............Gone sailing !
For the current owner, it also held in hard sand off a lee-shore Chichester Bar in a bit of a blow, when the Whitlock steering jammed on full lock. It was so well dug in they couldn't raise it, so they buoyed it & retrieved it after the blow. It was bent but intact.
Current anchor is a 15kg Delta (factory fitted).