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But what is your boat worth....

Let's keep one thing in mind. It is your anchor and chain that keep your boat safe; for liveaboard cruisers it's their home.

We've spent the last three years cruising the Alaska/BC coast, exclusively using a 45 lb Manson Supreme attached to 200' of 5/16" chain. We've sat out 40 kt storms for a week, anchored in less than ideal conditions, anchored in way sub-par conditions, but our Supreme has never - I repeat NEVER, let us down.

When we purchased the Manson Supreme 5 years ago, we paid a premium price but it was worth it.

I remember a couple years ago, someone (I can't remember who) had an Anchor Showdown. (This was after we bought the Supreme). I remember reading that the Supreme was set at a 5:1 scope and then the chain was drawn in to leave only a 3:1 scope. The Supreme performed almost as good at 3:1 as it did at 5:1.

I'd rather give up a few bottles of (insert your favorite beverage here) in order to spend the money on something that will let me sleep well.

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Well we ordered out new Rocna last week after five years of CQR. In all that time , and we anchor out frequently, the CQR only let us down once and that was in medium hard sand where it simply refused to stay put, indeed it refused to set for more than a few minutes. This was in less than 5m of water with 35m of chain but into a well over 20knot headwind.

Previous boat had a Danforth. Once I added sufficient chain that too was a very reliable setup but never gave me the feeling of security of the CQR.

In mud, the CQR once held us in 10m, with 35m chain and 35m rope into the face of a buster that gusted to in excess of 45 knots. Solid.

I've also realised that in fact our CQR was really a size small for our needs.

Still and all it was time to replace the old and the Rocna gets enough praise from users for me to give it a go. I'm happy to accept that anchor technology has moved on since the CQR was born but I guess we shall see.

I should add that provided Rocna have good quality control in place in China then I am not concerned with the country of origin. The Chinese are quite capable of producing a world class product , its just that left to their own devices they choose price over quality. To some extent however, I do wonder why the prices have not come down. Maybe they will in time although I believe they have in fact gone up recently.
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