I would like to hear the story. What happened.
This is going tu turn into another anchor discussion...
At purchase our boat came with a 35# CQR/150' 5/16 chain, and a 35# BRUCE/35' chain and 150' rode. I wanted to replace one of the 2 by a Rocna, I believed it was better. More money and advice from a friend captain steered me away from that option. I was using the CQR as main anchor. My technique that my friend taught me was to drop the anchor and the chain over it, sit and wait to be push back, wait and watch if I was dragging, if not, open the beer! Hey that's easy and it worked..as long as the bottom is sand or mud, so ok for ICW and Bahamas (in most places). Nassau harbor was the first experience.
Before they built the present marina, sailors anchored in front of Green Parrot. Rule #1: wa shall anchor in the middle of the pack of boats
. After 3 trials of my superior technique, it hook something (I found out later that is no sand or mud in that area). The day was calm, but as usual in Bahamas a front came by one night. Something woke me up, I look outside and we are very (10') close to another boat, but that boat is coming closer to us, am I dragging forward? The lady came out, I told her you are dragging, she tells me no it is you...eee....get your captain up I yell. By the time the zombi came out they where past us, he started the engine and left. I told myself I should show him my technique.
The sun came up, and another neighbor was now in the channel, I went with my dinghy, woke them up and gave a hand to come back in the anchorage. Now I believed I was the smartest guy in this place, me in my first year cruising. The wind was 15-17kt, hey lets go for a visit in town and we left.
At noon when I came back..what is this, somebody moved my boat at the back of the pack !!! And I now have 2 anchors in the water!! Our turn came while on shore and the friendly neighbor of the morning returned the favor and save our boat from leaving without us...Rule #2: Wa shall always be friendly with members of the pack.
. When I lifted anchor, my CQR was wrap in a piece of metal that looked like a residue of washing machine or something...
Some other new friends cruisers told me ''you have to pull back with the engine to set the anchor''. I tried, but most of the time the CQR would pull out, so I stopped doing it. I started to dive to check on it. When suspicious, I would drop he second anchor as safety, and have to untwist it in the morning before leaving. 8 months later I switched to the Bruce as main anchor and retired the CQR, but still could not pull on it to set, well unless it is mud or deep sand.
I dragged many times but I have to say I was not careful at choosing my spot, you know, circling around searching for sandy spots, while the other boaters sit outside watching you with 'devils eyes'. Rule #3: Wa shall sit outside to scare new comers
. This habit gets me...grrrr. Wait until he stops the engine and if you are still concern, go pay him a friendly visit. I once offered to move my boat if I was in his way, guess what, he did move.
In the end I did spend the money for a 45# Rocna, oversize for my boat. It was NIRVANA, I now can go reverse at 2000rpm (with a maxprop!), this thing digs itself in less than 3' length. I survived a 'deraicho' (google it) anchored in Norman's Cay channel, 60kt for 90 minutes.
ps: do not follow rule 1 & 3. Rule 2 at your discretion.