Updated at: 05-09-2021 - By: Lucas

There are many kinds of anchors. Some of them are used in ship building, some of them are used in construction, and some of them are used in landscaping. But, the most important one is the ones that are used to attach something to the ground.

Without anchors, nothing will be grounded. Therefore, you should always pay attention to the kinds of anchors that are used in attaching different things to the ground.

These are the most common types of anchors that you will see around you.

Mushroom Permanent Anchors

Mushroom Permanent Anchors

Mushroom permanent anchors are very strong and will not rust. They are made from galvanized steel and have a white enamel coating which makes them easy to see. These anchors are designed to be used in concrete and have a square shank with a hexagonal washer and nut on one end. The other end has a flat washer which is designed to seat in the concrete. When the nut is tightened down on the anchor, it is locked into place and can no longer be removed.

This type of anchor is very common and can be found in many home improvement stores. You can also get them online.  There are several different brands of mushroom anchors and they typically sell for $2.50 to $3.00 each.

Auger Permanent Anchors

An auger anchor is a mechanical device that is used to secure objects to the seabed. It is a simple, yet very effective way of ensuring that an object does not move or shift laterally when the boat is under way.

An auger anchor works by drilling a series of very small holes into the sea floor, then threading a cable or chain through these holes and attaching it to the boat. The boat pulls the chain or cable taut and the object being anchored is then “trapped” between the sea floor and the boat.

There are many different types of auger anchors, but the two main types are the screw-in type and the pin-type. Auger anchors are extremely useful when you are anchoring down anything that has a tendency to move around such as a diving platform, a pool ladder, or any other object that you want to be stationary.

High Holding Permanent Anchors

High Holding Permanent Anchors

A high holding permanent anchor is a type of anchor that has a large “curb weight”. This makes it very difficult for a boat to shake loose from the anchor. A high holding anchor also has a large amount of “holding power”. This means that the anchor will not slip off the bottom even if the boat is moving back and forth across the seabed. In other words, this type of anchor will not allow the boat to “walk-off” the bottom.

A high holding anchor is an excellent choice for anchoring a boat in a relatively soft bottomed body of water. However, these types of anchors are not appropriate for hard bottoms like rock or coral.

If you attempt to use a high holding anchor on a hard bottom, then the anchor will not stay put and the boat will begin to walk-off the bottom. This can cause serious damage to the boat and its equipment.

Deadweight Permanent Anchors

A deadweight anchor is one which is made of some type of heavy material and has a very large head. The head is usually cast in the anchor and it has a very rough surface. This type of anchor is used when you want to secure something really solid to the bottom of the ocean floor. A deadweight anchor is used where you don’t have any other choice. It is almost always necessary to use several of these types of anchors together.

A deadweight anchor will be much more effective if you can get the anchor as close to the bottom of the ocean floor as possible. You can do this by attaching a heavy chain between the anchor and some other type of floating object. This will keep the anchor from being pulled all the way to the bottom of the ocean floor. Once the anchor is in place, you can then attach your other anchors and whatever else you are trying to secure.

Northill Temporary Anchor

Northill Temporary Anchor

This is a temporary anchor designed to be used when you are working with concrete or some other type of material that has a high coefficient of friction. It is made of a non-marring material (Teflon) and has a square shape that will fit into a matching hole in the bottom of your bucket.

It has two flat sides and one rounded side that faces up and away from the bucket. The Northill Temporary Anchor is black in color and fits into a matching black hole in the bottom of your bucket.

It is very important to use this type of temporary anchor when you are working with a material that has a high coefficient of friction. This type of material could be concrete, asphalt, metal, rubber, or any other material that you might come across when you are doing some do-it-yourself home improvement projects.

Grapnel Temporary Anchor

Grapnel Temporary Anchor

Grapnel temporary anchors are designed to hold lines or cables taut while you work. They are extremely useful when working with lines or cables that need to stay absolutely taut, like antenna guy wires on an RV or a sailboat. These little guys are made of hard plastic and are yellow in color.

They come in a pair and have a strong magnet on the back side that attaches them to a metal surface. The line or cable goes through a hole in the front of the anchor. When you put tension on the line or cable, the anchor becomes super tight and holds it in place. It can be used in all sorts of applications where you need something temporary that will hold something else in place.

This is a simple device which can be used to temporarily secure an object to the seabed. It consists of a metal tube with a weighted base. The top of the tube is perforated with small holes. A length of chain or rope is passed through the tube and attached to the object to be secured.

Then, the tube is dropped into the ocean until it comes to rest on the weighted base. Once this has happened, the tube is pulled up out of the water and the object is easily detached from it. This makes it easy to recover any lost or stolen objects.

Fishermans  Temporary Anchor

Herreshoff Temporary Anchor

This is a great little gadget to have when you are out on the water. It’s a little plastic device that attaches to the side of your boat. When you are about to drop your anchor, you simply run this little gadgety thingy along the bottom of the boat. It has a sticky surface that adheres to the bottom of the boat. Then, you simply pull the rope attached to the anchor and the anchor drops to the bottom of the boat.

This allows you to easily and quickly drop your anchor without having to go to the trouble of digging a big hole or dropping a heavy weight into the water to hold the boat in place. This is a real timesaver and it can make a big difference in the amount of time it takes to get your boat anchored for the night.

Danforth Temporary Anchor

Danforth Temporary Anchor

Danforth temporary anchors are made from stainless steel and are designed to hold a boat down in one spot until you are ready to move it. They are ideal for temporary use when you need to store your boat for a day or two. These are very strong and will hold up to the abuse that boats receive.

The Danforth chain is ideal for holding boats down by the cleats. It is very strong and can be used on its own or in conjunction with other methods of boat anchoring. Boat anchors are the strongest and most permanent type of anchor you can use. They are also the most difficult to use. There are many types of anchors to choose from.

Bruce Temporary Anchor

Bruce Temporary Anchor

This is a great temporary anchorage solution for boats up to 30 feet long. It comes in a set of 4 heavy-duty steel cable ties and a plastic baggie that holds the entire assembly together. Simply cut off the desired length of the cable tie, remove the plastic baggie, and then wrap the steel cable tie around the object you want to secure.

Then, simply pull the ends of the cable tie until it is tight and then, wrap the remaining loose end of the cable tie around the other end of your anchor. This makes a very strong, safe and simple temporary mooring arrangement.

This is one of the strongest temporary anchors you can buy. It has a long shank with a large washer head and a high tensile strength wire wrapped around the shank. The shank is designed to be inserted into a concrete slab or other hard surface and then a nut at the top of the shank is tightened down onto the wire. This anchors the unit to the concrete slab. It is designed to hold 150 pounds per square inch.


What are anchors made of?

They are made of forged steel. There are anchors made of steel, aluminium, copper, or wood. There are also anchors made of synthetic materials.

Each anchor has its advantages and disadvantages. For example, a wooden anchor will last longer than an anchor made of steel but it is difficult to drive. An anchor made of steel can be driven easily but will not last as long as an anchor made of wood. The choice of anchor material depends on your budget, the type of job you are doing, and other factors.

Can you anchor your boat anywhere?

In some places, it is illegal to tie up your boat to a mooring. Check the local rules and regulations before planning your mooring. In some areas, mooring is only permitted at designated mooring fields, and some people may have priority over others.

Be aware that if you anchor your boat in an area where there are lots of boats tied up, it will be obvious that you have not paid the fee required to moor your vessel there. If this happens often enough, you run the risk of having your boat removed from its mooring and impounded.

What size anchor line do I need for my boat?

The size of your anchor line depends on the size of your boat, the type of anchor you use, and the type of bottom you are anchoring on. The size of your anchor line also depends on how you anchor. If you are using a single large lead weight or a “S” chain, you will need a very long anchor line. However, if you are using smaller lead weights or a “Z” chain, you will only need a short anchor line.

How to determine the size of your anchor line is simple. Just measure from the tip of your anchor down to the water’s surface. Then multiply that number by two. For example, if your anchor line is 12 feet long and it drops 6 inches below the water’s surface, then your anchor line is 18 feet long and it drops 12 inches below the water’s surface. 

Why are anchors important? 

A boat’s anchor is the only thing keeping your boat in one place. Anchors help you control where your boat is going. Anchors help you keep your boat in a safe place. Anchors help you stay in a calm place.

If you don’t have any anchors, your boat will probably just drift wherever the current or wind happens to take it. This can be very dangerous. Imagine you’re out on the ocean in a small boat and you lose your anchor.

There’s nothing else holding your boat to the spot where it is except the current. That current is carrying you down into the abyss. Down into the middle of the ocean where you will likely be found by some passing shipwreck hunter many hours or days later. A tragic end to what would have been a wonderful vacation. 

How long do anchors last?

The lifespan of an anchor depends on its type, location and your boat’s use. Anchors should be inspected annually by a qualified marine safety professional. If you are in doubt about the condition of any of your boat’s anchors, have them inspected by a professional.


A ship anchor is a large metal weight that is used to prevent a boat from drifting. There are many kinds of anchors and each one has a specific purpose. In this article, we are going to discuss the four most common kinds of anchors that you will come across.

Anchors can also be used as fishing weights and they are very helpful when you are trying to train your anchor fishing skills. Hopefully, after reading this article, you will have a better understanding of what anchors are and how they can be used.