Silkie wrote:I have to confess to having only one anchor, a 20lb plough (not CQR) and so intend to add another different anchor for next season. The new anchor would become no.1 bower with the plough relegated to the no.2 spot. I'm tempted by a 10kg Sword (Alain says that the 5kg one will do the trick but it sounds awfy light - it's all about shape and area you know!)
but keep coming back to a tried and tested 10kg Delta.
NIck swears by his 10kg Spade and DaveS has every confidence in his 16kg Delta.
Shard has a CQR I think but wouldn't be without a BFO fisherman's as well.
The Sword / Oceane will perform much better than the Delta, in soft mud. In hard sand it seems to have setting problems, as seen in the Yachting Monthly testing. The Delta's other benefit is better strength.
The Spade is better than both, but expensive as you say.
I am tempted to recommend the ideal solution, but will restrain myself.
DaveS wrote:The blurb on the Delta promised self launching which sounded useful. So I bought a Delta. At that time the newer anchors had not really made their presence noticed.
The Delta certainly does not like holding in kelp, and is sometimes spectacularly unsuccesful! With a decent bottom it holds fine, but I have modified my laying technique quite a bit.
The Delta is a superb anchor. Credit where it is due. Earlier models by Simpson Lawrence were better than Lewmar's cost-cutting versions, but it still performs exceptionally well. Even in the Yachting Monthly testing, which has all the CQR and Bruce fans raving about how it couldn't possibly be realistic, the Delta comes in third behind only the Spade and Rocna (in terms of averaged holding power) out of fourteen.
It does have its flaws - you pointed out one wrt. kelp yourself, but it's still a good bet as a general purpose pick.
Aja wrote:I cant comment on newer anchors, but two things jump to mind. One is, as others have mentioned, is not the anchor - but the chain.
Chain is more and more important the worse the anchor is.
ash wrote:Bruce Anchor
...is no longer produced. The only options are copies.