We stock a wide selection of boat anchors to suit a variety of vessels and uses. From small sand anchors all the way through to heavy-duty plough-style anchors, we've got one for every type of sea bed. Both galvanised and stainless-steel anchors are available, and we also stock anchor kits & sea anchors.
When selecting an anchor for your boat, make sure you consider factors like boat length & weight, what activity you will be undertaking, the type of seabed you will be anchoring in, the material the anchor is made of and what style the anchor is designed in.
A small anchor cannot effectively hold a big boat in place while a big anchor can be an unnecessary weight on a small boat. Anchors are also available for different purposes. If you use your boat mainly for diving or fishing where you are re-anchoring often, you may need a different one for anchoring overnight.
Anchors can be made from different materials such as galvanised steel or stainless steel. Galvanised steel costs less than stainless steel but is still high-quality. Stainless steel is more expensive but has a more attractive appearance.
When anchoring your boat, you must remember that the seabed will impact on the effectiveness of your anchor. Most anchors will specify which seabeds they can be used on. For instance, if you want to anchor on a reef your sand or mud anchor won’t work, you’ll need a reef anchor.
There are also different styles of anchor. The fluke or grapnel anchor is a shank with 4 or more tines, and is an ideal choice for small boats because of its lightweight characteristics. However it generally doesn't hold well in sand, clay or mud. A Danforth anchor (also known as a sand anchor) uses a stock at the crown to which 2 large triangular flukes are attached. It has a lightweight and compact flat design and is ideal for use in sandy sea beds. The plow or plough anchor buries itself in the seabed in a similar fashion to the tip of the horse-drawn plow it is named after. Plough anchors can be used in all types of seabed, but aren't outstanding in any one type. The claw anchor (also referred to as a 'Bruce' anchor) is designed to self-align on the bottom and dig into mud and sand seabeds. Some anchors use a combination of characteristics for best performance, such as the Vulcan anchor.
Just as you know the limits of your boat, you should be aware of the limits of your anchor. In an emergency, you may need to stay grounded for many hours so consider the worst conditions you may encounter to ensure your anchor has the necessary holding power.