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I think that the newer designs are a lot better in reversing current/wind situations. The ability of an anchor to re-set is not quite the same as its ability to set, though they are related. When an anchor sets, the boat is backed down intentionally and forces the anchor to set. When an anchor re-sets, it depends a lot on the anchor's design.
Some, like the Manson Supreme, Rocna and Spade, are relatively roll stable, and will probably pivot in place, rather pull free completely. Others, like the Claw/Bruce and Danforth/Fluke designs will generally pull free and need to reset completely.
One problem with the fluke anchors, especially the aluminum Fortress types, and multihulls, is that the anchors can "kite" if the boat gets moving once the anchor breaks free. This is more common with the lighter multihulls which accelerate faster, but can happen with monohulls. Another problem with the fluke anchors is that mud, small rocks and such can
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