Even though anchors are used most often by recreational boaters to "park" their
boat while swimming or fishing, anchors are also critical equipment in times
of emergency. Anchoring may be a safety measure if your boat becomes disabled.
Choose an anchor that fits your boat and the boating conditions.
The plow-style anchor is good for most boats and gets its holding
power by plowing into bottom sediments.
|The fluke-style anchor (commonly referred to as Danforth) is
similar to the plow style but is more lightweight. It is also good
for most boats and gets its holding power from its pointed flukes digging
into bottom sediments.
|The mushroom anchor gets its holding power by sinking into bottom
sediments. It should not be used to anchor boats larger than a small
canoe, rowboat, small sailboat, or inflatable boat since the holding
power is weak. You should never depend on a mushroom anchor to hold
your boat in rough water or weather.