Which anchor would you choose? I sail a 1976 Pearson 28, fin keel, 7850 lbs displacement, fairly high freeboard. I normally anchor in mud, but who knows what I may find. My current set-up is a no name danforth style anchor with 5 feet of chain (coated) and 200 feet of 7/16 3-strand nylon, which came with the boat. I figure that this is the minimum set-up for normal conditions. I would like to add a more robust system giving me more confidence that I'm secure when the wind gets up unexpectedly in the middle of the night.
Which ever anchor I choose, I plan to use 15 feet of 1/4 inch Hi G4 Hi-test chain (uncoated) and 1/2 inch 8-strand plaited rode.
The anchors I'm considering are:
Danforth high tensile 12 pounds,
Fortress FX 16 10 pounds,
Manson 25 25 pounds,
I left out the CQR at 25 pounds as the Manson seems to get superior reviews and costs way less.
So, what do think? Is this system sufficient for the high wind conditions we normally experience here in South Texas?
p.s. I'm now over 68 and not as robust as in the past and have to be able to handle the anchor alone.