Originally Posted by MastUndSchotbruch
Why oh why?
I use a Delta in the Chessie and am very happy with it.
I know there is a lot of (what I consider) hype about the so-called 'next generation' anchors (the most obnoxious of the hype-generating companies, Rocna, is right now crashing and burning on anythingsailing.com). It so reminds me of the iPhone (AKA JesusPhone) craze.
I am sure the Mansone Supreme is a good anchor but so is the Delta. So is the Bruce.
In very soft mud, actually the good ole Danforth has much to recommend but you did not ask for that...
I believe its not hype and the new generation anchors are superior.
I base my decision manly on observing anchor behavior especial when diving on anchors and watching them in real world conditions. I also note which boats drag or have a lot of trouble setting their anchor (assuming adequate technique)
I also respect the view of other cruisers, particularly in face to face discussions, but also the reported performance in forums like these.
I think the Delta is a good anchor an excellent value for money in many parts of the world. It sets well, but I have observed several delta anchors in a very slow drag while the anchor remains set.
In summary I think the Delta s a very reliable anchor in moderate conditions , but I do not believe it has the holding power of the Rocna, Manson supreme and Spade anchors. It is however superior IMHO to the CQR and Bruce generation of anchors.
You have a good point about the Danforth in soft mud it is an excellent anchor. It, however, struggles in harder substrates and weed.
It also sometimes does not maintain its set with major wind shifts and if it drags, it drags very quickly. These latter two characteristics make it less than ideal as a primary anchor