Ideally, the kayak anchor should not weigh more than 3-pounds. They range from 1.5-3.5 pounds. One that is 1.5 lbs is heavy enough for an inflatable. A larger heavier kayak needs one about 3 lbs.
You need a kayak anchor if you are going to spend some time idling on the waters, whether it is to catch some fish, enjoy the view, or take some photos. But, how heavy should the anchor be? Most people assume that since the kayak is lightweight then the safe bet is to use a heavy anchor. This couldn’t be far from the truth!
The anchor you choose will depend on where you will be stopping on the water. If you will be stopping where you don’t have to worry about current then you should opt for a 1.5-pound anchor.
If yours is an inflatable kayak, don’t go beyond the 1.5-pound anchor weight. If it is a non-inflatable, ideally, you shouldn’t go beyond a 3.5-pound anchor.
Finding the right anchor
Anchors come in various shapes and sizes. The type of kayak you have, the area where you are going to anchor and your needs will determine the kind of anchor you get. If, for example, you are going fishing, you want your anchor to keep you adrift on a given spot without being affected by things such as currents, winds, or tides. You want an anchor that will keep you in one spot and not drift you away at the first change in tide or current!
Let’s have a look at the common kayak anchors on the market:
- Folding anchor: A folding anchor is a favorite among most kayakers. It can be used on any type of soil at the bottom and it is compact and foldable when not in use. It comprises four hooks which when folded-out take on the shape of a grappling hook. You can take the folding anchor on calm water. You can also take it on fast-flowing water. The downside though is that you have to constantly worry about the anchor getting caught on something! Another downside is that if thrown in fast-moving water could result in your kayak flipping over!
- Mushroom anchor: The mushroom anchor is best suited for calm waters. It takes an upside-down mushroom shape hence the name and is designed to slowly bring the kayak to a stop. It is a good option if you are worried about flipping your kayak as you come to a stop when you throw the anchor into the water. You don’t have to worry about a mushroom anchor getting stuck or causing too much damage to your kayak.
- Claw anchor: The Claw anchor is best suited for waters with strong tides and winds. You have to have the right throw if the anchor has any chance of grabbing the bottom. The waters you venture into have to have plenty of sand or mud to make the grabbing process easy. The downside of this anchor is the amount of mud or sand you have to shake off when done paddling.
All in all, the heaviness will depend on your kayak and where you intend on paddling.