Originally Posted by Ovey
Yeah, that's true. I think I'll be leaning towards the heavier one (around 7kg).
Does anyone have an idea of a good "all rounder" anchor? I've heard the Bruce is pretty good in most seabed types?
Delta, similar to the CQR but solid instead of hinged and sold by Simpson Lawrence, who AFAIK don't exist now. Someone will still sell the Delta though, but if you see a copy, make sure that the pointy end is weighted i.e. is solid.
I use a 4.1kg Delta, 5m 8mm chain, 5m 6mm chain and 20m 12mm anchorplait rope on my 5.3m RIB which, with tent deployed has the windage of a house. Never had problems, even in very strong winds. I do a lot of anchoring.
Bruce are very good, but there have been concerns that the small ones are not good at digging in to a hard bottom, because they don't have a pointy bit. They were designed for anchoring oil rigs and the first ones were huge. I've stood beside one that weighed 10 tons. I have a feeling that, like the standard stockless anchor used by the vast majority of large ships, they do not scale down to small sizes efficiently, and the Danforth type (Fortress) or CQR/Delta plough types are better in small sizes.