Our anchor is laughably huge. It is 73 honking pounds of galvanized steel and looks positively ginormous on our bow. This is just the way we like it. On our 35 foot Hallberg Rassy, we had a 55 pound Delta as our primary anchor. It, too, was huge. People commented on it all the time, "Wow...got an oversized anchor there, huh?" Why, yes. Yes we do. While there aren't too many places on a boat where "more is better", I think your ground tackle is one such place where you're doing yourself a disservice if you don't round up. You do not want to be the dude in the anchorage with the dinky anchor. We don't want you to be that dude with the dinky anchor. People with dinky anchors make cruisers around them really nervous.
So why did we go with a Rocna this time? Word. Of. Mouth*. There's really nothing more to it other than the fact that we met many cruisers between Chicago and Trinidad who had them and nary a one had a bad thing to say about 'em. In fact, most used the word "love" to describe their anchor and would spontaneously launch into an account of some storm in some anchorage where every boat dragged but them. We heard story after story of Rocna's being put to the test** and passing with flying colors. Call it the cruising version of "keeping up with the Jones'", call it covetousness, but we wanted one. Bad. The fact that they agreed to sponsor us made the deal that much sweeter.
When cruising, you put an insane amount of trust in your anchor***. There might even be a time when your life depends on it. Picture this: You are sleeping in your cabin when all of a sudden you hear the wind start howling and something feels different. You check the GPS. It is pitch black outside but you know there is a reef behind you now because the wind has unexpectedly shifted and repositioned your boat. You will be fine as long as you stay put. Your boat begins to aggressively and erratically lurch and pull at the anchor chain as the wind builds. The rain starts. Sheets and sheets of water turn your cabin top into a drum making it difficult to hear anything else. You turn on the instruments and see the wind is now gusting to forty knots. It is shrieking and whistling through the rigging and again, there is a reef behind you. Dragging and re-setting anchor at this moment would be horrible. Definitely boat threatening and possibly even life threatening. You, however, are confident you won't budge because you know you set your anchor properly (you dove on it) and you trust your ground tackle (perhaps it's a Rocna?). Despite this, you decide to do anchor watch shifts anyway because a) you are a prudent mariner and b) you can't trust the folks (the ones with the dinky anchors) around you. A couple hours pass and by the time the sun rises, the storm has cleared and it's a beautiful day in paradise. You have a fresh cup of coffee in the cockpit, share a chuckle with your partner about how annoying last night was and jump in the water for a snorkel.
A scenario similar to this will happen to you at some point if you go cruising. Do you want to worry about dragging?
Dragging anchor can, at best, be a nuisance and, at worst, be catastrophic. Part of the allure of being on the 'hook' is how peaceful, calm and relaxing it is. And it really is most of the time. We chose a Rocna for when it's not. Because we like a good night's sleep every night.
* As I mentioned in an earlier post, cruisers have strong opinions about gear ESPECIALLY anchors. We strongly urge you to do your own research when selecting an anchor for your boat.
** An independent anchor performance test compilation consistently showed Rocna to be an outstanding performer.
*** No amount of anchor can make up for human error. If you don't know how to anchor properly, it won't matter what size and type of anchor you have, you will most likely drag at some point, possibly often. There is no "magic" piece of gear in sailing. Before you rely on a piece of gear (like an anchor) make sure you trust yourself using it first.