Originally Posted by jwalker
I have a wee CQR which I rarely use but I don't understand how it works. Once a pull is applied it falls over and because it has a pivot the flukes then just scrape on the sand. If it was sitting square to the seabed, perfectly balanced and dragged directly forward it would be a plough but that is unlikely when setting it.
Can anyone enlighten me?
Yip, I remember seeing this in yachting monthly ages ago - they took pictures of various anchors digging in.
When it hits the bottom is does as you say lie on it's side (at least the shaft does). As you start to pull it along the botton, beacuse the head is a plough shape, it always wants to do just that, ie plough (the tip still digs even if anchor is lying side on - try it on the beach!). The natural movement is for the head to dig into the bottom, strightening up as it digs in. We anchored once in beatiful clear water in Orkney (sand, no weed) and you could actually see this happening. It didn't have to dig in very far before it stopped the boat!