Which anchor sets and holds best?
Anchor Video Series by s/v Panope
A recent series of anchor tests bears mention. Steve Goodwin from s/v Panope has created a series of videos in which he set out to answer questions he has always had about anchoring. He wondered what happened when he dropped an anchor to the bottom and what happened when the wind shifted or current reversed. Would the anchor hold, would it flip around and reset, or would it just pull out?
Steve rigged a float and GoPro camera to a dozen different anchors. Then he dropped each one on multiple types of sea floors with different scopes to record what happened. Then he also simulated 180 degree swings and recorded what happens then, too.
Steve has posted all of the videos on his YouTube Channel (SV Panope) and made them available to the public. The last in the series, Number #56, which runs for just over 40 minutes, is a compilation of many of the earlier videos. It gives a good overview of Steve's work and can be seen at https://youtu.be/l59f-OjWoq0. It is worth watching to see how different anchors behave when setting and resetting at different scope and in different bottom compositions.
Most interesting is Steve’s test of several anchor copies (starts at 13:37), including a Danforth copy, a CQR (whether copy or genuine was unknown), a Bruce copy, and a Luke copy, all of which failed to set.
The results were quite interesting and support all the things we’ve been pointing out about anchor performance for years. Thanks for all the hard work, Steve. Fair warning: you might get hooked on the video series which will eat away hours of your time.
- Some anchors work better than others in different bottom types
- Some anchors veer better than others without pulling out
- Knock-off copies often do not work at all
- The CQR does not set reliably
- The Bruce does not hold reliably
- Damaged anchors never behave the same way again
- How an anchor looks can have as much bearing on your choice as how it works
Watch it yourself and let us know what you think.