Topics : Seamanship and Safety at sea
How to choose the right anchor.
By: Gideon Shmuely
Anchors are defined by: shape, size, weight, and construction material. The efficiency of an anchor is measured by several parameters:
1. Holding ability in different nature of grounds - sand, stone, grass, mud, etc.
2. Holding strength in the ground.
3. Period of time between landing on the ground and penetrating.
4. Technical strength and maintenance.
5. Ease of storage in the boat or on deck.
Based on series of comparisons and accumulated experience the odds for the preferred anchor on yachts is BRUCE for the following reasons:
* The holding ability in different ground is excellent.
* The penetrating ability is instant and fast
* The storage on the bow is easy and practical (on the howling roller).
* The anchor is maintenance free, since it has no moving parts.
Not least important is the rope and chain following the anchor. It is preferred to use chain for better holding power.
In any case it's advised to hold on board another different type of anchor as back up and emergency second anchor. The size and weight of the anchors is subject to the type, length and construction material of the vessel it's serving and this is determined by the manufacturer of each anchor.