Join Date: Jun 2011
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Well, we’re back in Admiralty Bay, Bequia, one of the worst bottoms in the Antilles. Every time we are here we watch the “drag fest”, which by the way has nothing to do with men in dresses, and have even participated to some degree. My lifelong romance with the genuine CQR anchor was in jeopardy it seemed, last year in Admiralty Bay.
I’m not easily swayed by new things if the old work just fine, and when I read of the “new generation” of anchors, I kind of scoffed. But the failure of my CQR to hold the first time and seeing others successfully anchor where I could not, had me in the dinghy talking to those captains. “We use a Rocna” we were told over and over again. “We used to use a CQR, but we prefer the Rocna.”
Fifteen hundred dollars on a voyager’s budget is no light expenditure, and for something that may not be much of an improvement on what I have? After all, all boats are different and maybe it’s really just Bequia’s bottom; I tried to justify my inaction.
But fortune stepped in and for a fifth of the retail price I was able to secure a new 88 pound Rocna for our 78,000 pound boat. Supposedly, it was one of the “bad” Chinese anchors, but at that price, it was a throw-away experiment as far as I was concerned.
For six months, and in anchorages that we had previously sat just fine on our CQR, we now set the Rocna. Many times I have dove and checked the new anchor’s set and it has not once dragged even one anchor length before it set, not once. My CQR could drag several lengths or more at times, before setting.
So, for those of you on the fence, I can unequivocally state that IMO the Rocna is indeed a better “mouse trap”. I still don’t like the design; it just doesn’t look like a better design to me, but I am convinced that this “new fangled” anchor does exactly what it is meant to do, better.