link below and it will take you to the West Marine
catalog. Don't forget the chain!
The Danforth is the storm-anchor par excellence. It has a
low weight and incredible holding power according to nearly all safety tests. This is Vigor's favorite anchor as
well. Preferred anchor in easy penetrable seabeds except
very fine sand. Note: There are ill-performing forgeries
around that only look like a Danforth. Among all the Danforth-like anchors the "Performance anchor" and the
"Fortress Anchor" is by far the best version a yachtsman
Besides these four there are of course other interesting
anchors, notably the recent Spade anchor- an acronym
for the French Societe' de Production d'Accastillage et
Divers Equipements, which is an auspicious design. Other
promising anchors are the Max anchor ( soft mud ), the
triple fluked Bulwagga (dense weed penetration), and the
German designed Bugel . The Rocna , the Bugel-like anchor
shown here on the bottom ,is a very recent product with
mixed results- a fiercely hyped marketing campaign claims
Definately one of the best anchors around! The stockless CQR does wonders in mud or sand. This "plow" anchor was patented in 1933 by Sir Geoffrey Taylor. The CQR generally penetrates better into weeds and grasses than the Danforth type anchors. It resets easily and the hinge allows about 75 degrees of sideways motion (each side).
Despite failing most authoritative anchor tests, the Bruce anchor is still quite popular, mainly because it is so easy to set. It won't
penetrate deep so this anchor is not recommended for anchoring
overnight in above 6kts of wind. The Bruce-and other similar
"claw" anchors-are ideal for a short lunch stop.
Other anchor types
The anchor parts
Theshank is the stem of the anchor in which direction is pulled to set
(bury) the anchor.
Thecrown connects the various parts of the modern anchor.
Thestock turns the anchor into an attitude that enables the flukes
to dig into the seabed.
Thetripping ringis used for the optional tripping line: by pulling the
tripping line, the anchor will break out.
The flukes will be buried into the seabed. The very tip of the fluke
is sometimes called thebill.
Four anchors for sailing yachts
criteria for anchor selection
reliability to set
ability to withstand veering (i.e. resetting qualities)