My boat has similar specs to yours (28' & ~8000lbs) and I use a 33lbs Bruce (Lewmar Claw, actually) with 25' of chain. I've never dragged. I also carry an 18lbs Danforth as a secondary. I prefer to oversize my ground tackle so I sleep better at night. The 33 pounder was the biggest I could get back on deck without a windlass. Wasn't it Dashew who said your dock neighbors should laugh at the immense size of your anchor when you carry it down the dock?
So, if you're on a budget but want more holding power than the hook that came with your Pearson, go for a Bruce. If money is no object, the Manson Supreme seems to be the anchor of choice.
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