A visit to Bacon’s Sails and marine consignment unearthed a used Delta 33#. That’s just about the size I’ve been looking for. Purchased for $100, I’m hoping this will signal the end of my anchoring problems at about half-price what a new Delta would cost.
Now I admit that this is still something of an experiment. Will it hold through big wind shifts? The test data seems to indicate that in wind shifts of 90 degrees or more, they tend to break out. Also they are best used in mud and sand, so for an all-round anchor it will not be the answer, but for the Chesapeake, it likely will be just fine in our mud bottoms. Regardless, the test data I looked at indicated that it performed best of all the “old generation” ground tackle, which includes all other plow-types (CQR), Claw (Bruce), fluke-types (danforth, Fortress, etc.), and fisherman.
I will say this: One drag on this anchor, and I will get rid of it. I’ll bite the bullet then, and buy a Rocna or a Manson Supreme. The test data on these new generation anchors is superb. I know. . . why am I even messing around with the old styles? Well, cost is always a factor. Rocna and Manson are pretty pricey. And, I’m confident that this is a very large step up from my 13 lb Danforth.
We’ll see. . .
What kind of anchor do you use, and why? Are you satisfied with its performance?