It's often said that your sailboat anchor is the best insurance you'll ever buy. And so it is - providing it's the right one!
The 'right one' meaning not just the right design for the type of seabed you're anchoring on, but the appropriate size for your sailboat - and of course, even the best of anchors will fail to please if it's on too short a scope or dumped on the seabed with a load of chain piled on top of it.
There's plenty of data around recommending the appropriate anchor size for a sailboat of a specific length, but before we get on to talking about the various anchor designs, we'll repeat it here...
The following table sets out the minimum size of sailboat anchor for a vessel of a particular length. It is, at best, just a guide. If you regularly have to rely on your anchor in less than ideal conditions you'd be wise to choose one for the next boat size up.
For example, on our boat Alacazam, a lightish displacement 11.5m (38 feet) monohull, we use a 44lb Bruce anchor. (Not any more, see