At A Glance: More fish have probably been caught from boats using cement-can anchors than any other style of hook. A bit rustic, perhaps, but you can’t beat this American tradition’s simplicity and value.
Weight and Cost
20-Foot Boat: A bag of cement and an eye bolt will set you back a couple of bucks. Most cement-can anchors weigh between 5 and 15 pounds — and you can tailor the weight to your needs.
35-Foot Boat: Fuggedaboutit. To secure a sizable boat in any kind of weather, a homemade, cement anchor would be too heavy to handle.
Best For: This one’s best left to small boats and calm, inland waters. It holds mainly by weight, so it can be especially effective in heavy grass.
Watch Out: Rounded-can designs (like a coffee tin) roll on deck and drag more easily than blocky shapes, so pay heed when choosing a form into which to pour your anchor.
Bottom Line: What cement anchors lack in panache they more than make up for in cost and practicality — just make sure it’s not the only anchor you carry on board.