The sand anchor is the most popular boat anchor of all the boat anchors that we stock in Australia. It is suitable for use in sand or mud and is generally fitted with a retrieval eye to allow easy removal if the anchor becomes snagged. They generally stow flat and are finished in hot dipped galvanizing to improve longevity.
Ideal for temporary reef anchoring. If you become snagged in reef conditions the prongs are designed to straighten with the retrieval load. It is advised not to leave a boat anchored to a reef unattended. Reef anchors are hot dipped galvanized.
Plough Boat Anchors
Ideal for mud or sand bottoms. Designed for heavier vessels to provide a sure and safe anchoring, generally fitted with a retrieval eye to allow easy removal if the anchor becomes snagged. The tips are lead filled to assist in setting the anchor. Finishes are either stainless steel or hot dipped galvanized.
Self-Aligning Boat Anchors
Designed to suit mud or sand bottoms – self aligning anchors roll upright, irrespective of the initial drop altitude, within two shank lengths of engaging the bottom. The highly efficient fluke and shank design allows for high holding power. It is also designed with a short, broad, single fluke resulting in a retrieval force generally 30% of the prior holding power. Popular finishes include cast 316 grade stainless steel and hot dipped galvanising.
The boat anchor rope’s primary advantages include relative light weight and shock absorbing affect through the elasticity of the rope. The most common types in of rope in Australia include three strand ‘silver’ (polyethylene staple), three strand nylon (premium rope with excellent recoil and elasticity) and three strand polyester. Large drum type rope spoolers often employ eight or sixteen plait rope for its non-kink characteristics.
The main advantage of chain is its weight and that it will not chafe over rough sea beds as will rope. The obvious disadvantage is its weight when stored in the anchor compartment in the bow. In light wind chain gives a perfect horizontal pull to anchor and secure holding. In moderate wind, the weight of the chain provides a perfect shock absorber effect, however in strong winds it can become tight and increase he jarring effect and possibly dislodge the anchor.
Stainless Steel chain is mainly for boating and yachting where there is exposure to water or seawater, it has excellent corrosion resistance. Stainless steel chain is suitable for day anchoring but is not recommended for long term anchoring as it can work-harden the chain which makes it susceptible to cracking.
Galvanised chain offers a high degree of weather and corrosion protection and it is recommended doe commercial, industrial or any situation where the appearance of the chain is less important the weather protection it provides.
Boat Hut has a large range of Boat Anchors available for delivery throughout Australia.