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Doodles 10-12-2008 05:03 PM

Which Bruce (claw) anchor to buy?
 
I'm looking to get a 33# claw anchor and the price differences have me wondering. On the one hand West Marine has the Lewmar "Horizon Claw" for $99.99 which is casted constructed. Then there is the Manson Ray claw for $599 which is forged. I'm going to be using it in the Chesapeake Bay, so do I need to spend the extra $500?

JohnRPollard 10-12-2008 05:07 PM

Assuming you've selected the correct size, you will be fine on the Chesapeake with the less expensive Lewmar version.

Save your money for some light air sails.:)

sailboy21 10-12-2008 05:09 PM

Not likely. I have never seen a "claw" fail. Even the "Sea Dog Line" claw anchors seem to do ok even when abused by the fishermen around here. I have had the 13lbs and 22 lbs horizon claw and have been perfectly satisfied, especially by the price. The design is such that you can't go too far wrong from the original Bruce design. I think the brand name thing is more important for the prestige/yachty thing. I have seen more than one CQR completely mangled by a coral head...

Stillraining 10-12-2008 05:11 PM

If you can find an origional Bruce even better..I have one and even though I have been convinced to purchase better insurance in way of a Ronca or Manson Supreme..it has served us well on our SeaRay and will now find home on my bow as our lunch hook.

philsboat 10-12-2008 05:14 PM

I bought the largest Bruce knockoff I could fit into the anchor locker on my Mirage 25 and it works fine!Best anchor I've ever had.It's a 10kg with45" of chain.Only dragged once in heavy weeds.
We can sleep peacefully now at anchor.
Relaxed Phil

ANCORALATINA 10-12-2008 06:10 PM

[QUOTE=Doodles;383140] Then there is the Manson Ray claw for $599 which is forged. (/QUOTE]

Are you sure of that??

For me it is CAST!..............

Maine Sail 10-12-2008 07:44 PM

First question...
 
The first question is what is your boat, and how much does she weigh? The claw/Bruce type anchors are decent setters but offer relatively low holding power and should to be up sized at least one size when compared to some other anchors..


Oh, and yes, the knock offs do and can break.. The original Bruce was heat treated and many if not all of the knock offs are just plain cast..

This is NOT my photo but would love to give credit to whom ever took it. If anyone knows please let us know..
http://www.pbase.com/mainecruising/image/104457606.jpg

ANCORALATINA 10-12-2008 08:41 PM

This is NOT my photo but would love to give credit to whom ever took it. If anyone knows please let us know..

Oi Halekai 36, Answer on PM.

sailboy21 10-12-2008 09:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Maine Sail (Post 383190)
This is NOT my photo but would love to give credit to whom ever took it. If anyone knows please let us know..
http://www.pbase.com/mainecruising/image/104457606.jpg

The real question is not who took the photo but how they got they other half back! Ouch!

GBurton 10-12-2008 09:23 PM

Which are these? Lewmar?

Quote:

Originally Posted by ANCORALATINA (Post 383172)
What about this?



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