Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Wilmington, DE
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Anchroing with a CQR
I am interested in hearing opinions about anchors and anchoring experience. I have had mixed results with my 60lb. CQR anchor. The rode is 1/2" chain. Even when anchoring in what appears to be good to very good conditions, sand with no grass, I have had mixed results. The basic problem I have faced is trouble setting the anchor. I have tried many methods: paying out the rode slowly and letting the wind push the boat for an hour or more before backing down; backing down slowly for up to 10 minutes before backing down hard; backing down hard right away; etc. After setting this anchor hundreds of times, I still don't have a technique that works consistently.
When the anchor is set, it holds well. I don't go to sleep without diving on the anchor, when possible, however. This implies that I don't really trust it.
I have had great success with the fortress. The rode is 40 feet of 3/8" chain and 3/4" three-strand nylon. Unfortunately, this set-up doesn't fit on the windlass and I am forced to pull it up by hand. Pushing the windlass button is a lot easier.
I would appreciate opinions about the process and about different anchors. For example, many friends recommend the Delta Fastset above all else.
What do you think?