Re: Bruce anchor - real mccoy?
The Belgian Bruce is indeed the real deal and you won't break it. But whether it's heavy enough depends on the size and weight of your boat. As for chain, 30 feet is hardly enough!
I sail a small 30 footer (old style from the sixties, with not much windage) in Tasmanian waters and I carry 50 METERS of 8 mm chain with a 10 kg Manson Supreme on the bow roller. In 10 metres of water, with all the chain out, I have had 40 knots blow all night, with peace of mind knowing that the boat would rip in half before it would drag.
The Bruce is not a bad anchor, and in fact I had a 7.5 kg on the boat when I bought it. It is now in the stern locker on 10 meters of chain and another 50 of warp, for back-up or as a kedge. I would not trust it to hold in anything above 20 knots.