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Anchor bending

I own a Hunter 35.5 Legend with a Danforth anchor without windlass and sail on large lake in Texas. I am having a problem lately in that, after an overnight stay, when I pull up the anchor, the anchor's neck is bent. The winds were not excessive and the swing only mild. What's happening? My current theory is that when I pull up anchor and "run over" the anchor to pull it from the bottom, I am coming at it from an odd angle -- perhaps I need to hover over the anchor in nuetral so the boat "squares itself" to the pull?? Any other ideas or solutions?
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My guess is that it is getting snagged on roots and bending due to the forces exerted on it by the weight and momentum of the boat after having all night to set deeply into the lake bed. Probably not a good choice of anchors for your venue. Suggest something more robust like one of the new type anchors or a Delta.
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I've seen a lot of bent danforths (mostly knock-offs) returned.

They are not meant to take off-axis pull. They are best for multi-anchor rigs (not tandem, either).

It very true that you may be horsing it from the bottom very roughly. You should not need to "run-it-over." Get over it, take up the slack, and let the waves lift it out... or some variation.

The root theory sounds reasonable, too.
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