The original Bruce Anchor has not been produced for the small boat market since 2007. The Bruce Anchor Group has returned to its roots of producing only large scale commercial mooring systems. Bruce left the small anchor market leaving a void for this High performance anchor.
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Due to its simple construction, the claw anchor is relatively inexpensive when compared to other styles of anchors. Being the shape of an open claw, the design intent was to allow the anchor to tip in any direction when it reaches the bottom and still be able to set properly.
Stows easily on a bow roller
High-strength one-piece design
Sets quickly and reliably in most bottom types and resets well.
works well in mud, sand and rocky bottoms
works well in silt bottoms, may hold in rock
a reputation for not breaking out during wind/tide changes
designed to withstand change of direction and pull, once the anchor is set, over a range of 360 degrees
perform relatively well on short scopes and set fairly reliably
The Bruce anchor is designed to right itself, no matter how it lands.
Bruce copies have been around for years; In some cases it takes only a cursory inspection to see that copies are crudely made,
welded in ways that an amateur would be ashamed of and with minimal galvanising.
Cast types are more difficult to assess by eye but they're likely made from cast iron, which is brittle and has very low tensile strength. You'll find photos of snapped ones on the Internet.
There are cast iron versions of the genuine CQR, recognised by the weight marked in lbs, ending in ½. These also tend to be brittle and will snap if impacted hard enough.
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