Features February 2013 Issue

Anchor Resetting Tests

New designs like Spade and Ultra top veering tests.

Practical Sailor has carried out dozens of anchor tests over the years. This month, we set out to compare anchor performance when the boat position changes under the forces of wind or tide, a shift that often causes the anchor to move and reset itself. The test compares 12 anchors, including some newer fixed-shank anchors—such as the Rocna and the Manson Supreme—and some concave fluke designs similar to the Spade, one of the strongest performers past tests. The test field included: the CQR, Spade, Ultra, Super SARCA and SARCA Excel, Manson Supreme, Rocna, Kobra, and the Lewmar Claw.

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