Well, Summer Snow has just completed another epic journey to Desolation Sound and this time ... instead of just fun and frivolity... the crew of Summer Snow conducted some empirical research. This research program came about as a result of our heated technical discussions about Anchors several rendezvous ago! Which anchor? How Big? etc etc. Bruce Anchors seemed to get a lot of positive press so I decided to relegate my CQR to the lazaretto and replaced it with my "spare" Bruce and put together a list of anchorages to try it out. Summer Snow departed on a smoky summer day in a nice breeze and her first target was Montague harbour. This location has been the site of many multiple tries with the CQR. So how did the Bruce fair? It hooked, it held and it even withstood the Norm test (full speed astern - 3 times). We had to drag it out of the mud with the engine to leave in the morning! To summarize... this test continued on mud, gravel, rock and kelp bottoms... the result was always the same. The Bruce hit first time, every time and more importantly never dragged. It held in some pretty stiff gusts in Pendrel (29 Knots). It didn't matter if we dropped carefully and backed away, fished for bottom (with about 35 feet out) bow first or fish for bottom in reverse to stern tie. So far I am 16 for 16. Not fully scientific, but methodical and for me convincing. I think the Bruce will now have a permanent place on the Bow, and the CQR... well it balances out the battery bank.