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I sailed up there for six years and from what I remember, the bottom, almost everywhere is, loose mud. So use something that sets well in lose mud. I used a Danforth on my boat and it never drug, but truthfully, I was never anchored in much of a blow up there the whole time I was there.
 

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Asking anchor opinions is like asking what's your favorite color. You will get as many answers as there are anchors. I have never anchored in the chessy but a Mantus is a good all around anchor that sets well in mud and even breaks down if needed. I also like the Manson Supreme.

Your Ericson had a Manson Supreme. Did that work well for you in the chessy?
 

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A Delta came with our boat and we've had zero holding problems. We've had days when we struggled to get it out when we were ready to leave.
 

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cant beat the old CQR
Sorry, but I have to say this; "Oh yes you can!"
For 40 years I felt much as you do, but through good fortune we picked up a Rocna cheap and it has been an amazing wake up call.
Frankly, I still do not understand how the new generation anchors work better than the trusty old genuine CQR; they just don't look like they should work as well.
Not having done much anchoring in the Chesapeake, I am not suggesting this for the OP, only as a point of interest.
 

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Sorry, but I have to say this; "Oh yes you can!"
For 40 years I felt much as you do, but through good fortune we picked up a Rocna cheap and it has been an amazing wake up call.
Frankly, I still do not understand how the new generation anchors work better than the trusty old genuine CQR; they just don't look like they should work as well.
Not having done much anchoring in the Chesapeake, I am not suggesting this for the OP, only as a point of interest.
haven't tried any of the "new" generation anchors but have had bruce and Danforth and my cq hold far better in variety of bottoms
only thing i don't bite on is rock but for that I use my hereshoff
 

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Sorry, but I have to say this; "Oh yes you can!"
For 40 years I felt much as you do, but through good fortune we picked up a Rocna cheap and it has been an amazing wake up call.
Frankly, I still do not understand how the new generation anchors work better than the trusty old genuine CQR; they just don't look like they should work as well.
Not having done much anchoring in the Chesapeake, I am not suggesting this for the OP, only as a point of interest.
on a side note generic is not the same as genuine cqr
 

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I've always used Danforths, from NYC up the coast to Maine, and over in Ireland, Scotland, England and France. Maybe we should try something different, but they stow so nicely and seem to hold well enough.
 

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Having 27 years of sailing and anchoring experience in the Chesapeake, I will tell you that Danforths are excellent for holding except in oyster shells and our all time favorite is the Manson Supreme. That anchor is amazing, holding our 41' 18,500# boat in anything, even the derecho that blew through a while ago. We have not had as good luck with the Delta or the claw. I would go with new technology instead of yesterday's. Get a Danforths as your backup, secondary.

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