I came into possession of a 17' sunbird boat and did not have an anchor. While at Cabelas, I purchased a 20# navy style dipped anchor that was said to be rated for boats up to 24' in length. I added 4' of anchor chain and a 100' length of anchor line. I boat almost exclusively on the Ohio River in Western Pennsylvania. After I got home I decided to go online and read about various anchor types.... this syle of anchor is generally not recommended on the websites that I have read due to the fact that the reviews say that it needs to rely on sheer weight to work. Well, After using this anchor for a couple of weeks in water depths from 10 to 38 feet on the Ohio river, I can tell you, with certainty, that this anchor WORKS. Once it hits bottom, it digs in and the boat comes to a stop and does not move. My boat will not move even when waves from passing barges hit. I have not had the the anchor break away from its hold yet. I found retrieval of the anchor to be easiest by pulling the boat forward past the position of the anchor and then pulling it up. I am very satisfied with my purchase, and I have to recommend this style of anchor despite what research has showed me online. I understand that not all styles of anchor will work for all bodies of water and all boats.... but this style does work for me.
I purchased the 30 lb river anchor at the beginning of the summer and was looking for the coated anchor to protect my boat. Well after one summer of use, the protective coating is pretty much gone. Within three trips the coating was peeling off. I was given another anchor as a gift which is not the version supplied by Cabela's, and that one still has all of the nylon. I like most of the products supplied by Cabela's but this anchor is not one of them.