Anchors & Anchoring
The anchor you chose will depend on the type of anchoring you do. Cruising anchors are larger plow or claw anchors capable of holding boats to various bottoms. Kedging, Forfjord and Workboat anchors are used on commercial vessels. For day use, as a backup anchor or specialty anchor the fluke or grapnel anchors are used, depending on the size of boat.
Anchor rode connects your anchor on the bottom to your boat on the top of the water. Anchoring rode may be all BBB, High Test or Proof Coil galvanized anchor chain. For some boats, a mix of chain with rope rode will be used for anchoring.
Anchor windlass Anchors and ground tackle soon become too big for a person to haul in by hand. You will need to Choose a Windlass to help haul your anchor up. Windlasses may be electric, manual or hydraulic powered and can often handle both robe rode and chain for pulling up your anchor. Read more on windlasses.
Choosing Your Anchor
How big of an anchor should I carry on my boat? An important question that often isn't asked is, How many anchors should I carry? Consult the manufacturer of your anchor for an answer to these questions. The size, displacement, type of boat and its intended use are important considerations. Often you have one main anchor, one storm anchor (a size or two up from your boat requirement) and one lunch anchor (a size or two down).