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Good job! I'm an "anchoring fiend". Have been for over 50 years. When teaching sailing, I always include a full session on anchoring technique.
Cam's comment about the 80% and CQR's is relevant; I've also found that letting the anchor settle awhile, sailing to and fro at anchor in a good wind, can help the set very well. Then, applying power in reverse isn't a bad idea.
With Danforths or Fortresses, though, you ought to be able to apply power right away, and I agree that no sailboat has enough power to drag a well-set anchor. If it drags, you either didn't set it correctly, the bottom is hopeless, or your ground tackle is either inappropriate to the bottom type or WAY too light.
I don't agree with the short chain recommendation for Fortress or Danforth anchors. I believe that in virtually all circumstances an all-chain rode is to be preferred. The catenary provided by heavy chain is hard to beat, and it take a very strong wind to straighten out that chain.
Re: your recent anchoring drama, there will always be numbskulls out there. But, hopefully, some will read your post and benefit from its experience-based wisdom.