So, I’m presuming you’ve never actually used a Rocna, correct? I doubt you’d be referring to it as a “plow”, if you’ve ever retrieved one from the bottom…
No question, your Bruce is a very good choice, and you’re wise to go oversized with it… But an original Rocna, or a Manson Supreme, would have been even better, in my opinion…
The original Belgian Bruce was my choice for many years, and still remains on my bow as my secondary, and another sits on my stern, as well… But in my experience, these new generation of anchors really do represent a significant step forward in anchor design, and are noticeably superior as an all-around single anchor choice than anything else I’ve ever used…
Again, that’s just based on my own experience, but it’s an opinion shared by others with considerable experience… I believe our own resident expert Maine Sail would approximately agree… And, for a couple of decades and through a few circumnavigations, one of the most outspoken devotees of the Bruce was Steve Dashew…
Until he tried a NZ-made Rocna, that is… they made the switch, and have never looked back…
Why would you presume I have never set a Rocna? Because it's so good and had I ever set one, I'd never say what I said in my prior post?
Regarding the Rocna, in my opinion it's overrated in most categories (price, design, and materials used...). I stand by my opinion that the new generation of anchors, while great anchors to be sure, aren't that much better (if at all) than the older not so popular anchors (like the Bruce for example), and that they do generate a placebo effect among some of you out there.
Here is what I don't like about the Rocna specifically:
1- The weld. I don't trust welded anchors. Sue me.
2- The quality. I have seen so many variations in the welds on them (some much thicker and blobier than others), and I have also noted many slightly crooked shanks from bad quality control during production. Go in Bacons right now, and look at the store stock of Rocnas. One has such
a crooked shank it's unreal.
3- The hype. Yes, the Rocna sets good. But so does my Bruce, my Fortress, my cqr, and my fisherman when used where the bottom calls for them. What else are all the folks who ponied up for a Rocna gonna say? Of course you
think it's wonderful, you spent an arm and a leg on one (those who bought one I mean).
4- The company. Specifically the guy who always pops up in anchor threads bs ing everyone about his product.
5- The price.
And lastly, the recall of course. It just reinforces what I already thought about Rocna, that being that they are over hyped and not built that well. Quality products don't get recalled, nor does a quality product require the manufacturer to argue how great the product is on internet forums.
Why I like the Bruce as my primary:
1- No weld, it's a solid hunk of high quality steel. I have never seen one fail, though I'm sure someone can post an example of one failing.
2- Re sets quickly if it pops out (I'm told, never had it happen yet to test the theory).
3- It likes short scope.
4- No hype, and a real one oversized can be had for a cup-o-la hundred bucks or less.
5- It's looks good. This doesn't matter to anyone but me, but it matters to me.