Did you know that your watercraft could be dropping and weighing the wrong anchor? Are you still using the anchor your boat came with? Without the proper boat anchors, your boat can drift due to currents and wind and cause damage to your boat or others. Make sure when you are purchasing a boat anchor that you take into consideration a few key elements. First, make sure you know the size and weight of your vessel and also the bottom conditions in the waters you will be maneuvering.
Various types of waterways require different kinds of anchors. Whether it is rock, coral, shale, grassy, sandy or muddy you will want to make sure that you have the anchor suitable for each type of bottom. Also, piloting through salt, fresh or brackish waters also requires different types of marine anchors. Anchors must tether a boat properly and must attach to the seabed in a manner that will offset wind and waves around the boat and keep the vessel secure. Below are some anchor recommendations based on different conditions.
Marine Anchors for Every Seabed
- Pivoting-fluke anchors are a great choice for sand bottoms. The non-hinged scoop anchors are an ideal option. Most seabeds have a sandy bottom and it is easy for pivot anchors to penetrate for high-holding power.
- When anchored in muddy conditions, a deeper penetration into the bottom is needed. Broader shank fluke angle boat anchors are a popular choice for anchoring in these conditions. Know as the “The World’s Best Anchor”, the Fortress marine anchor has won in test after test and offers the best holding power in muddy buttons. This adjustable option can be adjusted from 32” to 45” fluke angle.
- Plow-shaped or grapnel-type anchors are best suited for rock and coral conditions. The Lewmar DTX Stainless Steel Plow Anchor is a great option. Also, check out our selection of River Anchors, these boat anchors help secure to rocks and river bottoms for a stronger hold.
- When anchoring in shale, clay, or grassy conditions the weight of the anchor is the most important part in determining the hold and penetration. The heavy-duty cast iron Painted Navy Boat Anchor is a great option.
There are additional considerations to look at when deciding which anchor is best for your boat. The composition of the anchor is important and a popular choice is boat anchors made of galvanized steel. Stainless steel is also a strong choice and is aesthetically pleasing on the bow when not in use. Ultralight boats and racing sailboat owners are looking for a lightweight choice and often look at aluminum alloy anchors. Cast iron options continue to provide the strongest hold and dig into the sea bottom the deepest.
Wholesale Marine has the right boat anchor for every situation. No matter the type of boat or the water conditions you face we are here to help you select the right anchor. Call us today at 877-388-2628 and we will weigh the possibilities for you. We are here from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM EST Monday through Friday. Ask about our Captain’s Club Rewards Program for additional discounts every time you shop at Wholesale Marine.