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: www.vandamboats.com.
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!