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When cruising a Bene 36.7 in the Caribbean we're using a 30-ish pound anchor (of a type I don't recognize - Danforth style but different) and 120 feet of chain with a 30 foot strop on the end. It's always fully deployed. No windlass.
But we never anchor in more than 6-7 meters so we never have to 'pick up' more that that much chain at any one time, so it's been manageable.
Here at home it's a 35lb CQR with 40 feet chain and nylon - again no windlass so we try to limit our depth to 40 feet or less so I don't have to hand-bomb the entire anchor/chain weight for too long. We have never dragged with this combination but.. mostly our nights at anchor are in well chosen anchorages with little or no wind overnight.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)