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Re: Your anchor is too big
The short answer, is that the sizing guides are not that accurate. They are a vague, general guideline.
For example, a sizing guide that recommends a 22lb. modern anchor, for a 30 foot boat, displacing up to 8,000lbs, doesn't consider or include people, provisions, and equipment that could easily take the boat over the guide's recommendation.
Then factor in that the sizing guides *might* be written for up to 20kt breezes.
Forget hurricanes, what about that summer squall that rolls through with 35 kts of breeze?
Howeverrrrr...there is truth in what you say. Some people up-size their anchor and rode well beyond the range of common sense, relying on the "iron mountain" strategy.
Alacrity, 1981 Tartan 33 #168