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Stan...would you suggest it fair to test a 33 lb bruce v. a 33lb. Fortress?
Same difference...some anchors use weight and design to hold. Others use design and materials to hold. You can't compare. You can only compare what displacement boats each is claimed to hold by the mfr. and then test the supposedly comparable anchors.
One flaw is that some mfrs. are agressive in their holding claims and others are more conservative. In a test, the conservatively rated anchors thus win.
Note...nothing here changes my opinion that the new-generation of designs are the way to go. Just saying that the old, proven designs probably work just fine in the bottoms where they have become favored choices over the years and in the weather most anchor out in.
I think I've said before my Delta dragged 3 times in 6 years...at no time was it tested to it's "test" limits. Each time it was either a bottom that it could not hold in or my own darned fault. I think the focus on ultimate "test" holding power may be too great and more attention should be paid to the initial holding in a variety of TOUGH bottoms....jello mud, thick kelp, hard packed sand etc.
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