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New Anchor for Bahamas

We are heading to the Bahamas in November and my old 65lb. CQR is rusting badly and I may buy a different anchor instead of re-galv. it. I have a Fortress FX-37 on 50' of chain w/200' of rode. I'm looking for another primary that will compliment (work on different bottoms) than the Fortress.

The new anchor will be on 200' of chain. Our Ketch displacement = 32K. I'm considering a Delta. Weight is not a concern since we have used the 65lb CQR for two years.

Thanks for any suggestions.
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I don't have any recommendations but also would like to know what works in the Bahamas. We cruised a borrowed 29' sloop and found that the 25 lb plow (not a CQR) did not set well in hard sand and sand over hard bottom. We ended up using a Danforth for our primary anchor, but then I worried about wind shifts. What anchor does work well in the Bahamas?
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Go on the "Craigslist.org" in your area and adjacent areas,go to the "boat"
I've bought and sold[it's ALL free usage!].
What area are you presently located.....
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I'd reccommend that you go with a next-gen anchor like the Rocna, Spade, Buegel, or Manson Supreme. These are basically very similiar in design and are designed to set very quickly, and to re-set in the case of current/wind shift. Get one in about the same weight range as your current CQR, and I think you'll be very happy with how well it holds.

Personally, I own a 15 kg Rocna... which I bought on the recommendation of a friend. It is my primary anchor, and my only real complaint with it is that it brings up a bit too much of the bottom with it in general.
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I don't have any recommendations but also would like to know what works in the Bahamas. We cruised a borrowed 29' sloop and found that the 25 lb plow (not a CQR) did not set well in hard sand and sand over hard bottom. We ended up using a Danforth for our primary anchor, but then I worried about wind shifts. What anchor does work well in the Bahamas?
Take a look at the recent SAIL testing, which is in hardish sand and quite applicable to the Bahamas. A copy is on our website.
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vote for delta

Just returned from the Bahamas used a Delta with all chain and never dragged, usually burried in sand.
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Delta. It sets faster than a CQR and holds better. Doesnt seem to mind grass. Used it the last 4 years in Florida Georgia and 4 months in the bahamas. Use the bruce to hold down the fortress and danforths in the locker.
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My Delta worked well there for 5 winters too...but if I was buying new today I would get a Spade/Manson or Rocna as they all have more surface area and heavy points to dig in. But if price were a concern I would say go with a Delta55 as it serves well for us with considerably more displacement than you have. They sell them here at a pretty good price.
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