Boat Anchors

Boat Anchors How-Tos

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 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 boating anchors require the following items:

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.