Originally Posted by SloopJonB
Unless you are a world cruiser, sizing your anchor for over 50 knots of wind is just creating work for Osteopaths and physiotherapists.
I would argue that in many places, sizing for 50+ knots is not unreasonable for coastal cruisers because of severe thunderstorms. For example, this year, I have already been at anchor for 4 thunderstorms that qualified as severe and New England certainly is not the worst place for these types of storms. While thunderstorms with 50+ knot winds are not very common, sooner or later you end up anchored in one if you cruise enough, I can think of several for me.