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I know I am opening a can of worms here, but I have to ask. Anyone with experince with anchoring in the great lakes expecial in Lake huron Saginaw Bay area. We need to know what anchors work the best for a 34' sailboat. We have no idea what the bottom is like, and looking for input from people who have actually sail in our area. thanks.

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I believe most of the great lakes have bottoms that are sand and mud (with weeds). I anchored with a Delta Fastset on Lake Ontario on many occasions and it worked great (23' Precision 23, ~4000lbs).
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Hard to go wrong with a Bruce.
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It's nice to have a couple of kinds of anchor aboard, just so their different properties can be employed when needed. I'm a Delta fan, but have used Danforth and CQR also. The Delta is a really nice fit on my bow roller.
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I dunno. I've dragged on multiple occasions with a bruce which is why I moved to the Delta. Of course, this is like asking someone who the best comedian in the world is
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My Danforth held well in the muddy / weedy bottom of Lake St. Clair on a nasty night.

A friend of mine who also sails the Great Lakes speaks highly of the CQR in very weedy or hard packed bottom conditions. The point digs into surfaces that other anchors just slide over.

Also, FWIW, to improve the holding of an anchor, have you considered using a sentinel? I have a 6 pound mushroom anchor that I keep on board for extra weight on the rode if needed.

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