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Old 08-23-2011
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Off Brand Norestar Anchor Quality

Ok, so I have heard all about how knockoff anchors are no good. But aside from aesthetics I find it hard to believe that there is that much difference in performance given the near identical design. I am looking for a 35# CQR anchor but the price tag is a little steep for the real McCoy. There is a Norestar I keep seeing for a very good price, one I would like to spend.

Has anyone had any experience with this anchor?

Or does anyone have a 35# CQR they would like to sell for a reasonable price? Worth a shot I suppose.
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Not to start an anchor war but do you really want a CQR?
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Exclamation It's not all just "steel"

Steel comes in many many (many!) alloys. Then there is labor and the complexity of making the shape. There is a reason that forged anchors are strong. The better anchors have both costlier materials and more costly building processes.

Since anchors are not likely to "wear" out, why not keep a weather eye out for a used quality anchor at a swap meet?

While the CQR has history and reputation on its side, there are other newer designs that seem to place as well or better in tests.

Happy shopping. If it helps any, treat your anchor and ground tackle expenses as an Ultimate Insurance Policy.

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The newer designs that place as well or better are way out of my price range. I would much prefer to find a used quality one though. Ha yeah I suppose it is the insurance policy.
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An anchor is not the item to save money on. Buy the proper anchor for your boat, not the bargain one.
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Where you intend to anchor plays a big factor also. Mud? Sand? Grass? Rocks? Coral? If you are going to be anchoring in a specific type of bottom, get an anchor that is made for that bottom. Lots of good anchors at used boat stores, ebay, craigs list, etc from people moving up.
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An anchor is not the item to save money on. Buy the proper anchor for your boat, not the bargain one.
Ten thousand dollar boat: $400 anchor

Fifty thousand dollar boat: $500 anchor

Hundred thousand dollar boat: $600 anchor

What's the bloody question?

A perfect case of pound wise-penny foolish.

Brian's right, simple... Why the question?
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Excellent question CapnBones! It's questions like these that make people think and provide an opportunity that may reduce the cost of boating, both of which ware honorable and noble untakings

So, with that said, does anyone have any "first hand knowledge" of the Norestar anchors?
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Excellent question CapnBones! It's questions like these that make people think and provide an opportunity that may reduce the cost of boating, both of which ware honorable and noble untakings

So, with that said, does anyone have any "first hand knowledge" of the Norestar anchors?
I agree with JollyMon and CapnBones, that it is a good question. This is my first post and attempt to get information at this forum. Unless the responses are constructive (instead of condescending, sarcastic, haughty, etc.) it will be my last attempt and last post here.
If there is a technical data comparison somewhere on these anchors, then I would like to know of it. Also, if anyone has had a negative experience with these Norestar anchors.
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I don't. But I do have firsthand knowledge of the original CQR. It was an ok anchor 30 years ago. It is not a great anchor compared to its competition in recent years. If you're desire is to save money why not buy a copy of a better anchor - the Rocna.

The copy is the Manson Supreme. The Manson Supreme: Super High Holding Power

You are trusting it with your boat. It is not an item to skimp on.

Do you really think that a copy at 1/6 of the price is comparable to the original?
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