I have a 60lb genuine CQR. It held the boat securely overnight in a force 9 on one occasion, and was then very hard to pull out, but on other occasions it has been difficult to set, though once in it always stays in. Because of the above I am considering getting a new type anchor.
In Turkey the local copies of the German Bugel anchor are very popular, and despite some poorly made ones having been sold I know that I can get a well made 27Kg one. Has anyone ever seen a test of this design, which features a flat, sharp pointed fluke, and a very thick and heavy shank, plus a roll bar. They are said to cut through weed better than most, and it is generally weed that stops the CQR digging in. I know that a Bugel won't self launch, but the CQR does not do so either.