As our Anchor Caddie products reach across the country and even across oceans, we are getting asked more often, “Will my style anchor fit in an Anchor Caddie anchor nest?”
We looked at some of the most common styles of anchors in use today.
We are using our Anchor Caddie PRO anchor nest for the examples, but the same fit and function will apply to all of our anchor nests.
The Columbia River style boat anchor, whether it’s made from round or square bar.
This type of boat anchor was originally created here in the northwest and works well out here, due to the varied river bottoms. It has the digging ability in harder bottoms and more weight for softer bottoms. There isn’t a one size fits all for anchors, but this is the closest that I have found.
They are designed to set in the anchor nest and are secured with the pin passing through one of the links in the chain. This keeps the anchor from moving forward out of the nest.
The claws on the anchor nest are designed to keep the Columbia River Anchor style from jumping up and out of the anchor nest.
You can also tie off the anchor rope to a cleat that you have mounted on your boat like you would with other anchors for added security. Like you would with a Danforth, Bruce or other traditional soft bottom boat anchors.
The Danforth, Fortress or Fluke style boat anchor.
With the Danforth, Fortress or Fluke style boat anchor, you will have the tines or flukes under the rollers and the handle setting in the channel of the anchor nest.
At this point, you can just tie off your anchor rope to a cleat you have mounted on your boat to secure it.
If you wanted to use the pin that comes with the Anchor Caddie, you would line up where you want the pin to go through and drill a hole in the handle of the anchor.
Bruce, Plow or Claw style boat anchor
Similar to the Danforth, Fortress, Fluke style boat anchor, the plow portion of the anchor will sit under the rollers and the handle will sit in the channel of the anchor nest.
Also, like the Danforth style anchor, you can just tie off your anchor rope to a cleat you have mounted on your boat.
Now the Bruce style anchor has a breakaway feature, meaning you can run a chain from the base of the anchor and zip tie the chain to the top of the handle.
If you choose this method and your anchor handle isn’t too tall, you can also use the pin through the link like the Columbia River Anchor style.
As with the Fortress style anchor, you can also line up the handle with the point and drill a hole through the handle.
Hurricane Boat Anchor
Just like the previous 2 anchors, you would follow the same method, tines under the rollers and the handle in the channel of the anchor nest.
The Hurricane boat anchor also has the breakaway functionality like the Columbia River Anchor and Bruce style boat anchors, so you have the pin through the chain option as well.
Ok, that covers some of the most popular styles of anchors, but as you can probably see, there is a theme here for the last few anchors that will probably apply to a lot of other styles of boat anchors. Tines/flukes under the rollers, handle in the channel, secure to a cleat.
Well I hope that clears up a lot of the questions about what types of boat anchors with fit in our Anchor Caddie anchor nests.
If you have any input, questions or comments, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment or get a hold of us.