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You are, of course, treading very dangerous waters here...asking for anchoring advice! No other area brings quite as much controversy.
My thoughts, being an old salt with many years experience with older anchors (Danforth, Fortress, CQR):
1. The 3/4" nylon is overkill, but you've got it. 5/8" would be plenty for your boat.
2. The 5/16" chain is about right, but you might increase its length to about 30'.
3. An older Danforth Hi-Tensile is much preferable to the newer models (Deepset, etc.), due to its strength and proven abilities. A 22H would be about right, but a 35H would be better insurance in a real blow. AVOID copies, e.g., "Danforth-type" anchors like the plague, except the genuine Fortress.
4. Danforths and Fortresses are good in thick mud, clay, sand, and some other bottoms. They're not good in rock or coral bottoms, and can be a bear to set in grassy bottoms. The Fortress, with it's wider angle setting, is best in soft mud and silt.
5. The Bruce you have is a good all-round anchor which sets very easily, but its ultimate holding power isn't that high. The Danforths, Fortresses, and many other newer designs (e.g., Spade, Rocna, Delta, etc.) have much higher holding power.
6. There are very few situations where you're likely to need a stern anchor. Usually, they're more trouble than they're worth.
Last edited by btrayfors; 05-21-2007 at 11:52 AM.