Originally Posted by David Burgess
Has Anyone An opinion on CQR’s?
David, they are quite an old design. They are still quite popular, because they are quite heavy, and if they are set properly, (one of the weaknesses of the type - getting it to dig in - hopeless in weed), then they hold fairly well.
One of their weaknesses is, strangely enough, the feature they used to plug as a plus, a hinged shank which theoretically allowed if to veer with direction of pull changes. Unfortunately, it is this feature, which, if the fluke is not engaged with the bottom quickly and well, allows the whole fluke end to just bounce along the bottom on it's side.
Their popularity nowadays is perpetuated beyond what their actual performance would justify, because they sit so nicely, and look so nice, (especially if in stainless steel), on most bow arrangements. Because of this they are often still sold as the anchor provided on new vessels.
Later plough type anchors did away with the hinge, and concentrated on getting a quicker set, and better holding power. This move lead to what we are now tending to call the next-gen anchors. These tend to set easier and quicker, and hold better than the CQR. I doubt there are many on TF who would recommend a CQR over one of these later designs. I know from personal experience, I wouldn't. I hope that helps..?