We previously anchored our cabin cruiser by backing up towards the shore using a bungee style rope on our forward danforth style anchor and tying off the aft end to shore. This worked pretty well most of the time unless the wind got crazy.

We have now upgraded to a 37' Gibson and we would like to have some anchoring tips. Our goal is to anchor off shore in a cove or low traffic area. The lake bottom is a mix of sand and rock. We have lost an anchor in the past and have had trouble retrieving them in the past, but at other times they won't hold at all.

We have been looking at the box anchor, but it's costly especially if it fails to hold. Anyone have any experience with the box anchor? The boat is outfitted with a forward winch.