Boat Anchors - Claw, Fluke, Grappling, Mushroom, Navy, Plow, River

Boating Know How
Choosing the right boat anchor

How to Determine Which Anchor You Need

Choosing what kind of anchor to get for your boat is a crucial deduction process, but it is also fairly simple if you familiarize yourself with the facts. There are three main ... read more concepts to consider when choosing an anchor:

    A) In order to determine what size you need, get the weight and the length of your boat.
    B) Depending on the conditions of the bottom of the body of water you will be spending most of your time at, this will heavily determine what kind of anchor you should get.
    C) Holding power—this is the amount of pressure an anchor can withstand before it breaks.

All anchors require the following items:
  • Anchor Chains
  • Anchor Davits
  • Anchor Rope
  • Shackles
  • Thimbles

Once you determine the answers to all of these concepts, you will have a better idea of what type of anchor you need. There are several types of anchors for you to choose from that will work with your boat and environment:

  • Claw Anchor: this anchor will work best in more rugged bottoms that consist of grass, weeds, and rocks.

  • Fluke Anchor: can infiltrate sand, mud, gravel and grassy bottoms and maintains a solid grip.

  • Grappling Anchor: these should be used primarily for smaller vessels. It folds up and can be stored away easily.

  • Mushroom Anchor: smaller anchors that are best suited for smaller vessels such as canoes, inflatables. These anchors should primarily be used in calm waters with weedy or muddy floors.

  • Navy Anchor: combines weight and flukes to sink in the water and firmly hold in the mud and sand.

  • River Anchor: should be used for pontoon or bass boats, or vessels similar to these designs. River anchors are best for river and mud-bottom lakes.

In the process of choosing an anchor, we do suggest consulting with a local mechanic or technician. If you follow these procedures, you will be satisfied with your decision.

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Waterspike Boat Anchor (Video)
See the Waterspike Boat Anchor demonstrated. ... read more

Video Transcription

Very often the difference between catching fish or not can be as simple as 10 or 20 yards one way or the other. This means when I drop an anchor I need to be assured that it will grab and hold. The Waterspike anchor is designed to do just that. With its long spikes it digs into any bottom content holding a boat in its desired location. When it’s time to move, start the outboard, drive pass the anchor and the ring slides to the rear of the frame. Then simply lift the lightweight Waterspike to the boat.

When stowed away the Waterspike breaks down flat to use as little of that valuable storage space within your boat as possible. Attach your Waterspike anchor to the Panther marine rope kit for optimum performance. This kit is available in 50 or 100 foot lengths of half inch diameter non-abrasive rope, which is easy on your hands. Both gifts include a snap hook and a no tie cleat. In my profession there are days when I may lift an anchor 30 to 40 times, but the lightweight Waterspike anchor is simply the best. With three sizes available, there is a Waterspike made for you. The Waterspike is the last anchor you will ever own.
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