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Re: Let's talk about anchors some more
You must work at West Marine. Rocna et al made in China fail shear testing, and do not get a Lloyds pass. Regardless of which anchor you like, it's the amount of chain you use in combination with your scope that tells the story.
See the answer above. If you don't believe he power of the anchor try substituting it with a simple weight. Another test is to try pulling the anchor chain along the ground ( where it's actually heavier due to loss of bouyancy).
A couple of months ago a dragged 50m of 1/2 inch chain from my boat on the hard stand to the rubbish/ recycling area of the marina. It was not hard to do.
An anchor that is not set will to hold you in any significant wind no matter how heavy the chain is. The modern anchors set much better, deeper, quicker and reliably than the older generation anchors. Come diving with me and I will show you.