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Old     (fman)      Join Date: Nov 2008       02-21-2010, 5:22 PM Reply   
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.

Does anyone have any recommendations for a better anchor that will grab the bottom better? I have a 22' boat.
Old     (jonyb)      Join Date: Nov 2008       02-21-2010, 5:24 PM Reply   
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.
Old     (wakemitch)      Join Date: Jun 2005       02-21-2010, 5:57 PM Reply   
box anchor FTW

they are pricey, but worth it. they work
Old     (dbdan)      Join Date: Jun 2009       02-21-2010, 6:02 PM Reply   
Did you cut the rubber coating around the pivot point? If you don't, the anchor won't fully open and set properly.
Old     (ottog1979)      Join Date: Apr 2007       02-21-2010, 6:04 PM Reply   
Many on WW will also likely jump in here. Box Anchor is expensive but simply the best:
Old     (wake_upppp)      Join Date: Nov 2003       02-21-2010, 6:34 PM Reply   
^^^Absolutely. Tried many. Box Anchor rules!
Old     (dohboy)      Join Date: Aug 2007       02-21-2010, 6:35 PM Reply   
Worth every penny for the bow anchor
Old     (chpthril)      Join Date: Oct 2007       02-21-2010, 6:45 PM Reply   
If it wont hold, try more rode like a 7:1 scope.
Old     (rio_sanger)      Join Date: Apr 2007       02-21-2010, 7:01 PM Reply   
I know the box anchors get great reviews on here, never tried one.
Always been successful with the Danforth type shown above (although not the rubber coated ones.)

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.

How deep is it where you anchor? How long is your rode?
It's best to maintain at least 5 to 1 scope, and 7 to 1 as Tigemike suggests, is even better.

Here's some helpful info with a chart:

(Message edited by rio_sanger on February 21, 2010)
Old     (266crownlinebr)      Join Date: Apr 2007       02-21-2010, 7:28 PM Reply   
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.
Old     (tazz3069)      Join Date: Aug 2008       02-21-2010, 8:17 PM Reply   
The slide anchor by far. I had one for both of my boats and could not be happier.
Old     (tyler97217)      Join Date: Aug 2004       02-21-2010, 8:59 PM Reply   
box anchor
Old     (justsan)      Join Date: May 2009       02-21-2010, 9:19 PM Reply   
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.
Old     (ajholt7)      Join Date: Apr 2009       02-21-2010, 9:38 PM Reply   
Box anchor. The best anchor made.
Old     (bawshogg)      Join Date: Dec 2005       02-21-2010, 10:03 PM Reply   
Just get a box.
Old     (patrick232)      Join Date: Aug 2008       02-22-2010, 6:57 AM Reply   
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.
Old     (bill_airjunky)      Join Date: Apr 2002       02-22-2010, 9:50 AM Reply   
We have the fluke like listed above, and about 6' of chain, and find it will hold in some conditions & 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.
Old     (peter_c)      Join Date: Sep 2001       02-22-2010, 11:29 AM Reply   
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.

Box anchors work well.

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.

(Message edited by peter_c on February 22, 2010)
Old     (phall925)      Join Date: Feb 2005       02-22-2010, 12:11 PM Reply   
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.
Old     (wakerider42)      Join Date: May 2002       02-22-2010, 1:07 PM Reply   
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.
Old     (ajholt7)      Join Date: Apr 2009       02-22-2010, 2:10 PM Reply   
BTW, does anybody have a spare box anchor storage bag? Send me a PM.
Old     (fman)      Join Date: Nov 2008       02-22-2010, 4:01 PM Reply   
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.
Old     (fullspeed)      Join Date: Oct 2005       02-22-2010, 4:16 PM Reply   
box anchor all the way....worth every cent.
Old     (wakemaker01)      Join Date: Mar 2009       02-22-2010, 6:07 PM Reply   
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.
Old     (bill_airjunky)      Join Date: Apr 2002       02-22-2010, 6:27 PM Reply   
No reason to pack ballast around with you with an anchor like that wakemaker01.


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