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Essential Guide to Choosing the Right Anchor for Your Boat

The Importance of Anchors in Boating

Anchors are crucial for keeping a boat in position, especially for recreational fishers who anchor at specific spots like drop-offs, weed beds, or known fishing locations. There are many types of anchors available, but not all are compatible with Savwinch equipment. Here, we will discuss three popular anchors, focusing on those suitable for use with Savwinch gear.

1. Danforth Anchors

Overview: The Danforth anchor, commonly referred to as a sand anchor, is a versatile, multi-purpose anchor that works well in various seabed conditions such as sand, weed, mud, rock, and reef. These anchors range from 4lb to 100lb and are typically made from galvanized steel.


  • Effective on sandy bottoms, lightly silted or hard mud, clay, shell, and rocks.
  • Great for boats without a drum anchor winch.


  • Not ideal for drum winches as they don’t fit well in the bow sprit.
  • Less effective on grass or deep mud/silt, as they can drag and fail to set.


2. Delta Style Anchors

Overview: The Delta style anchor is the most popular anchor at Savwinch. Its narrow, thin-arm design allows it to fit snugly on the bow sprit when not in use. Known for its excellent holding power, the Delta anchor lands on its side when dropped and buries itself when pulled. Its shank geometry ensures a quick set by forcing the tip downwards.


  • High holding power on most seabed types.
  • Available in galvanized steel or stainless steel.
  • Strong, one-piece construction.
  • Deep penetration due to narrow shank design.


  • Struggles to set and reset in soft bottoms.
  • Weighted point penetrates mud and hard sand but is less effective in soft mud.


3. Bruce/Claw Style Anchors

Overview: The Bruce or claw style anchor is another versatile option compatible with Savwinch equipment. It excels on various seabed types, including boulder bottoms, sand, mud, and clay. Its design allows it to align with the force by slowly turning on the bottom.


  • Quick to set and reset after veering.
  • High durability with warranties against breakage.
  • Stable under various tides and winds.
  • Roll stabilized and one-piece compact construction.


  • Lower holding power in mud or soft sand, performing better on hard surfaces.

Savwinch Preference: The Savwinch team prefers the claw style anchor for its quick bottom-grabbing capability. For use in reefy and rocky areas, they recommend setting the anchor in a breakaway system, allowing retrieval from the nose rather than the arm, reducing the risk of losing the anchor when stuck.

Tips for Using Anchors

  • Always tie off to a bollard before driving over the anchor to ensure secure anchoring and easy retrieval.
  • Conduct a breakaway setup for claw style anchors in rocky areas to minimize loss.


Selecting the right anchor for your boat is vital for ensuring stability and safety in various marine conditions. Whether you choose a Danforth, Delta, or Bruce/claw style anchor, understanding their strengths and limitations will help you make an informed decision. For reliable and high-quality anchors compatible with Savwinch eq