At A Glance: Designed to secure North Sea oil rigs, claw anchors — such as Bruce anchors, Lewmar’s Horizon Claw (lewmar.com) and Manson Ray (mansonmarine.co.nz) — set quickly and deliver reliable holding power under a range of conditions. Although heavier than Danforth types, they’re a great choice for serious fishing.
Weight and Cost
20-Foot Boat: Expect to drop $40 or so on an 11-pound claw from Lewmar.
35-Foot Boat: A 44-pound Manson Ray 20 costs $865 and is Lloyd’s certified as high holding power, while a 33-pound Lewmar Horizon Claw goes for about $100.
Best For: Claw anchors shine in sand, mud and clay and are stout enough for rocky neighborhoods. This is a supremely versatile design.
Watch Out: Like many anchors, claw types may have trouble holding in heavy vegetation or extremely hard bottoms, where they may skip. Unwieldy, they are best stowed on anchor rollers or pulpits.
Bottom Line: Delivering great holding power, this hook resets quickly if changes in wind or current cause it to slip. An added plus: It maintains its bite even with short scope — which minimizes your chances of swinging off the hot spot. Dig it!