Best Boat Anchor

Best Boat Anchor is that what you want to know? The answer probably is that there is no best and as with much in life the best maybe a compromise. So here we attempt to help you discover and learn about the latest anchors. Here you can find out which are the top selling boat anchors and why.

Some anchors dig in but only have limited holding. The plow anchor is like this, due to the similarity to the farmers plough, the anchor digs in and holds, but when the pull increases the plow plows a furrow in the sea bed.

Best Boat Anchor

The answer it depends on; Boat size Scope of ground tackle Bottom surface

There are also different features to look for; Digging in Holding Power

Modern Anchor comparison

Modern anchors have names like the Rocna, Delta, Fortress, Supreme and Spade anchors. These anchors perform much better than traditional types like the CQR.

This article describes the various types of Anchor

Yachting Monthly/Sail magazine

In 2006 Yachting Monthly along with Sail Magazine ran a comprehensive test of anchors. These tests were among the most thorough anchor tests done and several magazines were present.

The tests included the; Rocna, Delta, Fortress, Supreme and Spade anchors. These anchors had the highest holding power & achieved the maximum pull of 5,000lbs in the Tests.

Yachting Monthy Sail magazine anchor tests 2006 Anchor tests

Yachting Monthly/Sail anchor tests notes

The faithful CQR We were surprised, therefore, that during the first three tests at 5:1 scope it failed to set.

The Rocna anchors faired much better and in the Yachting Monthly tests rated to a 5,000 load on the anchor Rhode.

The Delta set quickly and gave good resistance, averaging around 3,000 lb before breaking out.

The 22lb fortress FX-37 held 5,000 lbs. The Fortress ability to dig in instantly and hold was astonishing

Supreme; At our first test location it set immediately and held to the maximum 5,000 lb pull. Even on 3:1 scope it held to an astonishing 4,612 lb.

The Spade has proven itself in most tests. At 5:1 scope it repeatedly held at the maximum 5,000 lb and on the veering test we recorded up to 5,400 lb!.

Below are features of each of these anchors in the 22lb range.


Rocna Anchor

Anchor type; Bruce/ Claw

Testimonial; Steve Dashew recommends Rocna at

  • 22lb
  • Recomended boat size; 23-36ft
  • Galvanized
  • $260
  • Rocna consists of three primary components, in high strength alloy steels. The blade is shaped by brake pressing machines. The rollbar is pipe. The shank is cut from high grade tempered 800 mPa high tensile steel.


Fortress Anchor

Anchor type; Fluke

Testimonial; USCG uses the Fortress FX-37

  • 21lb
  • Recomended boat size; 46-51ft
  • Anodized
  • $470
  • Fortress and Guardian Anchors are made from a high tensile, corrosion resistant aluminum magnesium alloy.



Delta Anchor

Anchor type; CQR/Plow

Testimonial; Multihull Magazine

  • 22lb
  • 25-41ft
  • Galvanized
  • $175Mantus anchor
  • Delta anchor; High-grade manganese steel, is used in the construction of the Delta anchor which gives it great strength. Ballasted tip.



Mantus anchor

Anchor type; Bruce/ Claw

  • 25lb
  • Recommended boat size; 25-30ft
  • Galvanized
  • $230
  • Mantus anchor Formed out of high quality steel plate. Contains no cast parts. •Shank and shank boot are welded from top and bottom. •Shank and roll bar are bolted to the fluke.


Manson Supreme Anchor

Anchor type; Bruce/ Claw

  • 25lb
  • Recomended boat size; 25-35ft
  • Galvanized
  • $260
  • Supreme anchor; High Tensile Steel. Bisalloy 780mPa. Fluke, Reinforced Double Skinned Laminated toe. Sharpened Spear Head.





Anchor type; Bruce/Claw

  • 21LB S60
  • under 25ft
  • Galvanized
  • $400
  • The SPADE anchor is manufactured in three materials (Steel, Aluminum, and Stainless Steel), and in ten sizes. Hi-tensile steel versions are hot-dip galvanized.



Anchor sizing

American Boat and Yacht Council

The (ABYC) have these following recommendations regarding anchor holding power for vessel size and type. Holding power is the Horizontal load or max pull at which the anchor beaks loose from the bottom.

Anchor size chart ABYC
Anchor size chart ABYC

Use this chart to compare your anchors holding power which is given by the manufacturer.


I read somewhere a question from a new boater who asked if they needed an anchor. The answer is yes you do its required by law in many places and it can be one of the first pieces of emergency equipment you’ll need. Whether you sail up a river or cross oceans an anchor is an essential piece of gear.

When considering how anchors perform there are two features to look at. First is the setting of the anchor. If an anchor takes a long time to set this is not good as you may not have the room to maneuver. The second feature is holding power. Once the anchor has set there is a load (break out load) at which the anchor pulls out again. Both of these features change with the bottom surface.

Apart from the anchor the biggest reason whether your anchor will set or not is the anchor rode and scope.