Originally Posted by FlyWright
Has anyone here experienced, heard of or witnessed an anchor shaft that separated under the strains of anchoring? I can see where they'd bend under great pressure from attempts to retrieve them under boat power...maybe even snap under that pressure. But for the shaft to fail/separate under anchoring stress seems highly unlikely. I bet if it has happened, some here would have evidence of it.
But it's obvious that the metal wouldn't be as strong as it was if the anchor haden't ben bent. It would be weakened by being bent and weakened more than that by being bent back because it would be bent in the opposite direction. Bent anchors are always weaker than original and it weakens them more to be bent back.
But you may find 100 boat ownwers that never have put a maximum load on their anchor. Perhaps even a 50% load. I've seen numerous bent anchors on fishing boats .. on the bow and presumably being used. Fishermen have very big anchors though. And that of course makes their bent anchor even more unlikely to fail because it's bent. And there probably were more anchors on the fish boats in Craig that were bent AND straightened as I problbly wouldn't have noticed them.
But for azubair the odds are real good that his anchor won't fail because it's articulated. A bending load is unlikely on the CQR unless it's a vertical load. But the shank is shaped like an I beam so is very strong in a vertical plane. Because of the hing a heavy side load is very unlikely.
So azubair should replace his anchor but it is very unlikely his anchor will fail if he dosn't straighten it and fairly unlikely it will fail even if he dosn't straighten it. The reason to straighten it is so it will work as designed on the sea bottom but I believe it will dynamically work 999% as good as new because of the hinge. Most anchors are VERY questionable when bent.
A big Claw anchor on a big boat is (I believe) a good combination and they are very inexpensive so a 100lb Claw may be a good move as azubiar DID mention cost. A bigger Claw would outperform a bent CQR and for not much more money. A Manson Supreme and a number of others would be even better. One of the reasons I mention the MS is that it's relatively inexpensive compared to other high performance anchors. Available at WM. That's where I got mine when we lived in Alaska.