Does your boat have the right type of anchor? There is a huge range of different options out there on the market today, and getting the right style of anchor is essential if you are on the search for a new one. In this brief guide, we’re going to help point you in the right direction by exploring that different types of anchor in existence – let’s get started right away.
The Fisherman anchor is small and has tiny flukes. This makes it good for rocky or weedy seabeds, but less so for other beds. Bear in mind that when fishermen lay anchor, it is only meant to slow them or keep them in place – it isn’t a problem if the anchor drags. They are also hard to handle, and by their nature are extremely heavy. It’s probably best to leave this anchor to the pros and look elsewhere if you are a hobbyist or amateur sailor.
Folding boat anchors
First on our list is the folding boat anchor. These are perfect for smaller boats, as they save space – you can fold them away while they aren’t in use. But just because the folding anchors are small, it doesn’t mean they are weak. For small boats and vessels, a folding anchor is strong enough to keep your pride of joy firmly in place. You can pick up folding anchors in a variety of weights – 1.5, 2.5 or 3.2 kg – depending on the actual weight of your vessel.
You are correct if you think grappling hooks are usually used on land, but they are also incredibly useful at sea or when used with something like a houseboat. If you have a small, lightweight boat, a grappling hook anchor will serve you well in gentle tides and are often used when sailors are mooring their vessels to the land.
Manson anchors are by their nature very heavy and come in two varieties. The first is the Manson Boss. This anchor has been built for use in all types of seabed and weather condition and is incredibly stable. The Manson Plough, on the other hand, is a brilliant choice for laying anchor in muddy or weedy seabeds, and in particularly inclement weather conditions. According to Lloyd’s Register, Manson Plough anchors are certified as a High Holding Power anchor, so this should give you a good idea of its strength.
The Malooba Picks is the perfect anchor for using in rubble and reef areas of the sea. You can pick these up in a wide variety of weights, too, so it’s a good all-rounder – just choose an anchor heavy enough to stop your boat in its tracks. Because of their design, the Malooba Picks is a great anchor for less experienced sailors and is easily retrievable when you are ready to move on.
Reef anchors are, rather unsurprisingly, for use when you are sailing around reef areas. The anchor is built with a four-prong design that allows you to hook into intricate surfaces, and the soft metal will actually bend if it needs to – you can bend the anchor back in pace once you have set off again.
This type of anchor is another excellent all-rounder and comes with many different advantages. Not only do you have concave blades that give you high-quality fixing and holding, but you also have setting skids that you can guide for unerring accuracy. You can also expect a roll bar that helps you get that all-important penetration into the bed. Like many other anchor types, the Rochna is available in a multitude of different sizes – between 4 and 25 kg – so ensure you get the right weight per the size of your boat.
Finally, if you are sailing in areas that are muddy, silty or sandy, a sand anchor is vitally important. It can be tough to lay anchor in these conditions without a specialist anchor, so it’s worth considering if you often find yourself in similar areas. You can grab yourself a sand anchor in a variety of different weights, so consider your boat size and bulk before making any purchase.
We hope this short guide to anchors will help you establish the type of equipment you need for your boat. As you can see, there is a lot to choose from, but whether you are the owner of a large boat or a small one, there should be enough information in this post to help you make your decision.