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In 1995 at Guadeloupe island, about 100 NM off the Mexican Pacific coast, we tried to use "local knowledge" from one of the islanders who rowed out to tell us where to drop anchor in a small patch of sand between the rocks, supposedly at 60-70 ft depth. However, we must have gone off the deep end a bit and our 43lb Bruce dug itself in at 90-100 ft, with all 200 ft of chain out (we had just reduced chain from 300 to 200 feet to lighten the bow....).
Unfortunately, our windlass chose precisely that moment to malfunction and the 20-25 knot wind soon freshened to ~30 knot. The long and the short of the story is that we had to stand anchor watches for 48 hours till the wind calmed down a bit and the repaired windlass was able to help us get several hundred pound of chain plus anchor back up.
Throughout it all, however, our 43 lb Bruce (plus all-chain rode) held our 43 ft, 27,000 lb vessel on a 2:1 scope in 30 knot winds!