John had heard good things about Rocna anchors, and decided to replace his existing plough. Over the period of a vacation cruise during the Christmas holidays, John spent some time testing his new anchor. He mentions that 40 knots of wind one night did not budge his yacht.
He was so enamored with its performance, he took the time to sit down and write us a letter. With John's permission, we have reproduced this letter below. The content is complete and unmodified.
Just back from my Christmas cruise and trial of the new Rocna now housed on my bowsprit, I can report that the anchor is a complete success; the thing bites like a pit-bull, and holds like one too!
For more decades than I care to think about, I have been faithful to the plough-type anchor, and indeed it has served me very well. This has not been the case with other, often highly touted anchors that I have owned or been shipmates with.
Your prototype 'looked right' to me, and having seen some of the fine-tuning adjustments you made to it, I was confident that my production one would be a good anchor.
My confidence was justified, and I soon began to experiment to see if I could fault the Rocna. The first experiment was to drop anchor then back down at a speed which would normally cause an anchor to skip or slide rather than set; the Rocna brought me to an abrupt halt. Another was to set the anchor in one direction, then back down in the opposite one. The Rocna either turned without unsetting or reset immediately after turning – either way, it seemed to remain in the same place.
I slowly increased the severity of these tests but gave up when it became apparent that I would damage the winch, chain, or fittings before the anchor would drag.
I have had to modify my anchoring technique slightly. Before I used to drop the anchor a few metres ahead of where I wanted it to be, to allow room for it to set. The Rocna sets where it drops – excellent!
The Rocna seems happy in any of the several bottom types I have so far dropped it in; mud thick and thin, sand hard and soft, shingle, etc.
While I have not encountered extreme weather this season, I did sleep soundly through a forty-knotter confident that we would stay put. We did.
The Rocna's only "disadvantages" are really the sum of its virtues: it is a little harder to break out than its predecessor, and tends to bring up a fair quantity of bottom. A couple of minutes hanging in the water cleans it fairly quickly, and it is my observation that anchors advertised as breaking out easily have a tendency to do so of their own accord and at the worst possible times.
Your Rocna is a definite advance in anchor design, and I happily recommend it.