Anchors: Find the One

Choosing an anchor can be a difficult task. There are many characteristics that must be taken into consideration. It is important to choose the right one. Questions need to be answered such as:

  • Where you will be boating?
  • What type of boat do you have?
  • What is the bottom like: sand, mud, clay, weedy or rocky?
  • What is the size of your boat?
  • Will you just be having one anchor?
  • Will you need a secondary?
  • Are you using chain or rope anchor rode?
  • Where is your anchor going to be store? In plain sight or hidden away?

There are a variety of different kinds of anchors; you will want to make sure to choose the one that is most suited for your needs. Some of the most popular options are: Delta, Fluke, Bruce/Claw, Rocna/Spade, CQR/Plow, Mushroom or Grapnel style anchors.

The Plow style is arguably the most popular of the styles. It fits most bow rollers and is very responsive to wind/tide changes. The downfall to it is it struggles in rock. The Bruce/Claw, a close second, is good in most conditions; it is an excellent all-purpose anchor. It sets very easily, but does struggle in clay and hard mud.

At Van Dam the most commonly used anchor styles are CQR/Plow, Bruce/Claw and Fluke. You can see some of these displayed on the boats on our website:

The choice of an anchor can be a difficult one. We recommend you do a little research prior to purchasing. Make sure you are getting an anchor designed for your specific set of requirements and of course looks good!


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