I have a CQR anchor that never failed me; I also have a small fortress as a spare which has not been very reliable. So I have decided to purchase a 15 kg Bruce and I will try out with the first opportunity.
However, I read a few bad comments about the performance of the Bruce anchors such as they break out very easily and have a very low holding power. Have you had any bad experience using a Bruce?
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Thread: Bruce Anchors
16-04-10, 20:41 #1
16-04-10, 20:42 #2Registered User
Location : Home:Nottinghamshire Boat: Blackwater, Essex
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- Feb 2002
OK in Essex mud!
16-04-10, 20:44 #3highandry Guest
Parker!!! Fetch my revolver from the library desk...hurry man, dammit...they're starting again
16-04-10, 20:47 #4
16-04-10, 20:53 #5
See letter in current YM...
OTOH I know a guy who has singlehanded from NZ to the UK using nothing but a couple of cheap Bruce copies.
It's not what you got, it's where you stick it...
16-04-10, 21:07 #6highandry Guest
Just kiddin' capt: Any info is never wasted.
16-04-10, 21:32 #7Registered User
Location : Berkshire
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- Sep 2009
Got a spare. PM sent.My wife says I'm not old
16-04-10, 21:46 #8
17kg (IIRC) Bruce, 25m 10mm chain and up to 100m of warp if needed, 36ft boat.
The Bruce is great. Of course, except in the case of East Coast mud which actually comes up off the bottom and swallows anchors whole, you need to make sure it is actually in, but that is true of any anchor.
We anchor quite a bit when cruising and coasting on passage and feel quite safe sleeping secured by the Bruce.
Also have a toy one, a copy I guess, a bit bigger than a hand, for the tender and surprisingly that works pretty well too.If I show you yours, will you show me mine?
Perhaps there is a picture of your boat there already.
16-04-10, 21:50 #9
Got rid of my CQR and now carry two Bruces...can't be beaten.
16-04-10, 22:03 #10
Unfortunately, the reputation of the Bruce has been tarnished by people refering to the much inferior claw copies as Bruce anchors. The genuine version has much sharper flukes, is made of a stronger alloy and has a greater fluke size for the same weight copy.