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I was volunteer crew aboard a Catalina 27 a while back. We were anchored in a mooring field near a seawall. Overnight, the wind shifted, a full gale came up with gusts up to 50 knots.
We dragged, crashed into the seawall. The boat sank to the spreaders in 20 minutes. The domino of events that created this disaster are too numerous to name, but here are a few things I would pass on to you.
Do not trust a Danforth as your only anchor. They are superb anchors--no doubt. As long as they stay dug in. But they do not reset quick enough for my taste. Once they break out, they have a tendency to "sail" over a hard bottom. The owner on the Catalina carried only Danforths, sized properly for the boat.
All anchors break out. The books will tell you to make sure that your anchor gets buried to the shank. But the point is, you can get any anchor to drag. And most anchors will drag. But you want that anchor to reset fast. And that's the #1 most important criteria in my mind.
On the boats I've owned, I used the Bruce as my primary anchor, a heavy Luke anchor as a storm anchor, and Danforths for lunch hooks. I like the Bruce's ability to reset super fast. My boat was a Cape Dory 27, and she was equipped with a 16.5 and 22 pound Bruce, 40 pound Luke, and 12 pound high-tensile Danforth. I rarely used the Danforth.
I don't recall ever having a problem dragging with the Bruces. I did have a heavy Westsail 32 drag down onto me at 2am in the morning in Chesapeake Bay. I was anchored on the 16.5 Bruce. It didn't budge.
But the Bruce isn't the only kid on the block. The Delta, CQR , and Rocna all have superb reputations as quick re-setters. Hope that helps.
Last edited by skippertips; 04-28-2010 at 12:01 PM.