Do you know how to choose the right anchor? It depends largely on the type of seabed you most often fish, as well as the size and weight of your boat. For instance, you know the navy style anchor that is often the tattoo choice of seamen? Well, although that anchor is still used on extremely large boats, it is absolutely useless to recreational boaters.
A more appropriate anchor would be a fluke anchor, which is lightweight and easy to stow. It’s popular because it can hold small boats well in mud and sand and it is inexpensive. Wider flukes with larger shafts tend to create more suction in the mud, so there is less of a chance they will dislodge.
A mushroom anchor looks just like its name and is pretty much only good for very small, light crafts. They aren’t good in heavy wind or current.
A grapnel anchor would be good for a small boat anchoring on a rocky bottom because its points will easily hook onto the rocks. However, for the very same reason, this anchor can be difficult to retrieve.
A claw anchor’s shape can cause it to slide along weedy sea beds, so it is not always the best choice. Whereas, plow style anchors are preferred for weed penetration and often used on larger boats.
Scoop style anchors are generally equipped with a roll bar that resets the anchor if it pulls loose. These anchors are popular with cruisers encountering varied sea bed conditions in their travels.
If you have a boat up to 24 feet, a Stayput Anchor is the way to go. Stayput is the original shallow water anchor engineered by pioneers in anchoring. It is a fast, effective and quiet method for anchoring boats up to 24 feet in shallow water. Stayput Anchors are easy to store, a breeze to install, and a fraction of the cost of other anchors.