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fman 02-21-2010 5:22 PM

I currently have this standard rubber coated anchor with a bungie rope/buoy attached to it. It seems to have a hard time holding the boat down on a windy afternoon, when floating it off the shore. <BR> <BR>Does anyone have any recommendations for a better anchor that will grab the bottom better? I have a 22' boat. <BR><img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/3183/776075.jpg" alt="Upload">

jonyb 02-21-2010 5:24 PM

Mine is similar to that, but a 30#. It'll hold my boat and about 5 others when it's set correctly. That plays a big role. I keep it stored in the bow at the very front of the boat.

wakemitch 02-21-2010 5:57 PM

box anchor FTW <BR> <BR>they are pricey, but worth it. they work

dbdan 02-21-2010 6:02 PM

Did you cut the rubber coating around the pivot point? If you don't, the anchor won't fully open and set properly.

ottog1979 02-21-2010 6:04 PM

Many on WW will also likely jump in here. Box Anchor is expensive but simply the best: <BR><a href="http://www.slideanchor.com/Hlm_ShopIT_ProductDetails.aspx?ID=024a8189-c4ba-41dc-9a41-c5e749bb8688" target="_blank">http://www.slideanchor.com/Hlm_ShopIT_ProductDetails.aspx?ID=024a8189-c4ba-41dc-9a41-c5e749bb8688</a>

wake_upppp 02-21-2010 6:34 PM

^^^Absolutely. Tried many. Box Anchor rules!

dohboy 02-21-2010 6:35 PM

Worth every penny for the bow anchor

chpthril 02-21-2010 6:45 PM

If it wont hold, try more rode like a 7:1 scope.

rio_sanger 02-21-2010 7:01 PM

I know the box anchors get great reviews on here, never tried one. <BR>Always been successful with the Danforth type shown above (although not the rubber coated ones.) <BR> <BR>You don't mention chain in your post, without chain, those anchors are worthless. For every 25 feet of water depth, 6 feet minimum of chain between the anchor and the rode is advisable. <BR> <BR>How deep is it where you anchor? How long is your rode? <BR>It's best to maintain at least 5 to 1 scope, and 7 to 1 as Tigemike suggests, is even better. <BR> <BR>Here's some helpful info with a chart: <BR> <BR><a href="http://www.boatus.com/boattech/casey/34.htm" target="_blank">http://www.boatus.com/boattech/casey/34.htm</a> <BR> <BR>(Message edited by rio_sanger on February 21, 2010)

266crownlinebr 02-21-2010 7:28 PM

I just sold my 27 foot boat with dual bimini's or sails as we liked to refer to them as. I have a box anchor that would hold that boat in some pretty high winds. Went to Lake Mohave one summer and the winds were making 4 foot swells. Box anchor held no problem. Only thing I didn't like about it was it wouldn't fit in my anchor locker. Had to keep it in the ski locker. Some other boats may fit it in the anchor locker though.

tazz3069 02-21-2010 8:17 PM

The slide anchor by far. I had one for both of my boats and could not be happier.

tyler97217 02-21-2010 8:59 PM

box anchor

justsan 02-21-2010 9:19 PM

By the book: Box Anchor for sandy bottoms, Danforth for rocky bottoms...with that being said, I use my box anchor all the time and it always grabs perfectly.

ajholt7 02-21-2010 9:38 PM

Box anchor. The best anchor made.

bawshogg 02-21-2010 10:03 PM

Just get a box.

patrick232 02-22-2010 6:57 AM

I currently have the digger 2 on my XLV, used the fresh water digger on my last 26' Ebbtide. After losing 2 anchors do to not releasing and having to cut and leave, I will never own a different type then the digger. <BR> <BR><a href="http://www.diggeranchor.com/products.html" target="_blank">http://www.diggeranchor.com/products.html</a>

bill_airjunky 02-22-2010 9:50 AM

We have the fluke like listed above, and about 6' of chain, and find it will hold in some conditions &amp; doesn't hold in others. I think it has to do with what kind of bottom your anchoring in, and if the wind is change directions.

peter_c 02-22-2010 11:29 AM

The common rule I have heard, for a Danforth anchor, is a foot of chain for every foot of boat. If the boat is never unattended you could probably get away 10' of good sized chain. If left unattended I wouldn't even think of doing less than 15'. The chain is what keeps the anchor flat on the bottom so it can dig in. Personally I am not a fan of the bungee ropes. I prefer regular anchor rope that has give in it, but not enough to allow the boat to ever touch shore. <BR> <BR>Box anchors work well. <BR> <BR> <BR>Edit: I would never consider and anchor that can release when driven over it. Meaning if the pull point can slide, that anchor is useless. If the wind direction or current changes and the boat over runs the anchor it could release the anchor. <BR> <BR> <BR>(Message edited by peter_c on February 22, 2010)

phall925 02-22-2010 12:11 PM

box anchor. Held my boat and a 35 foot sea ray in Devils Cove Last summer. Low wind though. They are amazing. Pricey but no question they are the best.

wakerider42 02-22-2010 1:07 PM

Box anchor for sure. Who wants to have 20+ feet of chain to "set" a Danforth? Such a pain. Box anchor, you just heave the stupid thing in and you are done.

ajholt7 02-22-2010 2:10 PM

BTW, does anybody have a spare box anchor storage bag? Send me a PM.

fman 02-22-2010 4:01 PM

Thanks for all the great feedback, I may just go ahead and pick up a box anchor... it seems like everyone who has one never has any issues with it pulling loose.

fullspeed 02-22-2010 4:16 PM

box anchor all the way....worth every cent.

wakemaker01 02-22-2010 6:07 PM

Best boat anchor i ever had was half a 55 gallon drum filled with cement sank in lake with float been there 4 years. Will hold up to 12 boats for sure maybe more.

bill_airjunky 02-22-2010 6:27 PM

No reason to pack ballast around with you with an anchor like that wakemaker01. <img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/clipart/uhoh.gif" border=0>

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