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Old 02-16-2006
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I just re-read the Practical Sailor Anchor Test article...

and I can't believe I missed the glaring problems with this test. For years everyone has been saying the Bruce has less holding power than the CQR, Spade & Fast Set. If you look at the article carefully you'll see that they compared a Bruce 22# to a Spade A80 (the equivalent Spade anchor in steel is 33# and a CQR 35#. No crap the Bruce had less holding power it's a far smaller anchor and not an equal test! In terms of setting the Bruce came in #1. Setting is based on shape not weight so setting charactistics are more fair. Only the Delta & the Bruce we're of the 22# size and held 550lbs. and 610lbs. but the Delta was rated 7th for setting. I'll opt for better setting re-setting over a 10% holding difference any day...

In terms of re-setting the CQR rolled out and dragged 9 feet before digging in again. The Spade did not move but was rated 7th for setting in mud. The Delta Fast Set broke free and dragged 5 feet before re-setting. The Bruce "rotated horizontally" and moved a total of 4 inches.

Results can be very misleading. I would love to know the holding power of the Bruce 33# and Delta 33# compared to the CQR and Spade. My guess is they would all be fairly close. So I should have read the results more carefully before buying the Spade. Perhaps my Bruce really does have good holding power after all.....
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