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Grapnel Anchor

Grapnel Anchor type

Grapnel Anchor

2 main type: a strong folding or fixed grapnel anchor type.

Simple to build and traditional design Grapnels Anchors. Non-burying variety design with one or more anchor-tines(enough fluke are) digging in and the remainder above the seabed. A grapnel anchor is often quite light, and used aboard smaller yachts or boats where its weight makes it relatively easy to bring aboard.


Holding power

The results of the tests may be paraphrased as follows.(results of 9 tests)

If the holding power of a traditional fisherman anchor is assessed at 100%, then:

A folding grapnel scores - 60 %.
For example: CQR plow anchor scores 240 %, Danforth 250 %, Delta 270 %, high tensile Danforth version 540 %, and Fortress 560 %.

Grapnel anchors - less effective on weedy bottoms

work on rhe ancient concept of a "grappling hook": multiple points on separate hooked arms radiate Irom a common axis, A Folding grapnel, however, is not even an anchor in the strict sense of the word,and its holding power is comparatively weak.
Contrary to common belief, the Grapnel design anchor is less effective than most
other anchors on weedy bottoms. use the grapnel for inflatable dinghies, small boats, Jet Ski or fishing boats especially since the four-fluke boat design cannot puncture the fabric when you need to fold. The grapnel is not efficient for boat anchoring there is not much use for a patent folding grapnel anchor aboard cruising boats.

Grapnel - Effective anchor on rocky slabs

The grapnel design( is a stockless anchor with four or five curved, sharp-billed) anchor is very handy when you need to free your boat anchor rode from another anchor rode or whren gunkholing in swamps, shallow waters anchor can be wedged between tree roots and trunks, between thick brush, very grassy bottoms or rocky slabs of the bottom. They also can be perfect used to try and snag items lost on the bottom.


Different Companies offers marine harware equipment ,Anchors & Anchor Connectors, include Grapnel type Anchors.

YCH Ind. Corp. ( offers PE Coated Anchors, Stainless Steel Anchors, HDG Anchors, include Grapnel Anchors.

YCH HDG Folding Grapnel Anchor

This Type B Folding Grapnel are mainly made from Hot Dipped Galvanized steel. This anchor come with one shackle and It is perfect for a wide variety of smaller vesslels, boats, dinghys, jet ski's, kayaks and other where space is limited.
This Grapnel has a locking collar for both closed and open positions, It's easy to close and open.

Available 4 versions: 0.7, 10, 2 and 15 KGS.

YCH Stainless Steel Folding Grapnel - Anchor

YCH Grapnel anchor is stainless steel 316 with high quality mirror polished. These Anchors are perfect for both: smaller and medium boats. Folding Grapnel offer good holding power.
It's work well for personal watercraft,float tubes, canoes or kayaks. YCH offers a huge selection of versions - from 0.7 to 16kg.

WASI Anchor

Offering the widest range of boat products WASI Company is another system partner for stainless steel fasteners, and anchors.

The Folding M 8302 Mirror polished grapnel come in 3 different sizes: 2,5 kg(L 340mm,W330mm), 4 kg(L 410mm,W405mm) and 6kg(L 465mm,W520mm).

Wangbq AISI316 Grapnel Anchors

include Four Fingernails Grapnel

Other Grapnel anchor manufacturers is Eval, Plastimo, Toolee, Ocean-Kayak, TREM, Sotra, Fendercare and Attwood.

Grapple type anchor on inshore wrecks

Pulling the anchor after the fishing or inshore trip is done can be tricky, but not if you use the right grapple anchor rigged correctly.

Be aware of bag limits and closed seasons, but there will be action on inshore wrecks where a grapple type anchor helps make the perfect presentation.

Anchoring with a grapple hook

Wreck anchor

Anchoring with a grapple hook is different than with a standard Danforth anchor where you anchor away from the wreck and let current and wind push the boat back
toward the wreck. It works, but staying tight on the wreck, directly over it for the best bait presentations, is tough.

A grapple hook is a better choke to keep the boat directly over the wreck on a short anchor line. Your baits are dropped down right on top of the wreck and the fish.

Secure the end of the three-strand anchor(see photo above) line strong to the bottom of the grapple anchor with a splice and thimble and then use wire ties to hold the anchor line along the shank of the grapple.

Some people use rebar steel, that rusty stuff used to reinforce concrete. It bends easily a nd if stuck in a wreck, by pulling hard, the grapple hooks will bend straight and pull free of the structure. Unfortunately, rebar grapple hooks eventually fail after being bent several times.

You can have a better grapple made from hot, rolled steel. The hooks can be bent and straightened numerable times without failure.

Chucks (check out welded construction is first class and his high-quality grapple anchors a re fou nd in many tackle shops in several US states.

When rigging a wreck anchor, no chain is used. Splice a thimble and 3/8-inch, three-strand line directly to the bottom anchor eye.

Lay the anchor line alongside the shank of the grapple and use wire ties to secure the line to the shank and a wire tie to secure the anchor line to the top eye of the grapple.

Rigged this way, the grapple plummets to the wreck with the grab hooks at the bottom of the anchor and in the correct position to grab the wreck.

When it's time to head home after making a good catch, tie the anchor line to a stern and slowly run into the wind and current, and pull away from the wreck.

This reverses the pull on the line and snaps the wire ties free of the shank, thereby reversing the anchor so it pulls free.

With no chain, you'll experience wear and tear on the anchor rope, so check It frequently and re-splice the thimble to the bottom eye when the wear is excessive.
Grapple anchors work best in water of 30 to less than 100 feet.

The larger the diameter rope you use the harder to anchor too

Grapnel anchors are not great a plough or danforth would be better. Also you need a min of 3 times your depth in rope eg if you anchor in 10m deep you need 30m rope + chain. That is for calm conditions in rough water or strong tide you need 4x eg 40m.

What anchors do every body use and do you anchor from the Bow or stern

Have a 2nd 3lb one for heavier current but the lighter one works great as long as it can grab in the river. Use a Grapple (Grapnel) anchor ran through my front grab handle, wrap the rope around a ram ball in the middle of my coosa. Works great in small rivers. Just undo the rope and pull it up tight to my grab handle. So much better than an anchor trolly.

on anchor trolley

Retractable clothes line and dog leash on anchor trolley. With 1.5 grapple for calm and chain with or without 5lb grapple for current wind. You could just put chain on and add as needed. I just use rope in a dry bag with float for the ocean. For quick disconnect.

How to rig the Grapnel anchor

They make something just for this, -, but all of the other mentioned things work as well.

Got stuck with your Grapnel between rocks and would not come up

Use this method:

Tie your anchor line to the crown of the anchor and then use a zip tie to secure the rope to the end. If it hangs up, pull hard from above and the zip tie will break, allowing you to pull the anchor out backwards.

Less likely to hang

Drag chain is less likely to hang and you can use a big caribeaner so you can add or remove chain so it will stick or slowly move with the current. Also covered the chain with bicycle tube so it is quiet on the bottom. Most of the rivers paddlers fish are for hydroelectric generation so you are always afraid of hanging up in a bad spot and getting flipped or sucked under. So far the chain has been good.

Don't use a trolley either you just run it through a caribeaner on the front or rear handle.

Trolleys are nice for calm water but with current you only want to be facing up or down stream so took the cheap way out. Use a 25 ft dog leash for anchor line management but, currently use a hand fishing reel that will hold 50 foot of paracord.

DIY Project: Drag Grapnel (Grapple) Anchor style

What you will need:

Inner tube from a bicycle tire(I got mine from Walmart for less than $10 and had plenty to make two drag anchors), chain(Lowes), wire ties and nylon strapping (I cut a ratchet strap).

You can cut the chain to what ever length you want. 18-24 inches should be good depending on the weight of your yak. Mine is about 24 inches maybe a little longer. Next you need to slide the chain into the inner tube.

The purpose of the tube is to reduce the noise the anchor will make as its dragging along the bottom. Sliding the chain into the tube is the most difficult part of the project. I used WD-40. I sprayed inside the tube and on the chain as I worked it into the tube.

I tied the nylon strapping to the chain first and slid it inside the tube so I would have something to pull with. After getting the chain in inside the tube, you need to tie a loop in the strapping. This will be your connection point to attach your anchor line to. Then I used a wire tie to seal that end of the tube. On the other end I folded the remaining tubing over itself once then over the final link in the chain.

Then I put a hole through all the layers of tubing and through the last lunk of the chain. Through the holes I ran two more wire ties to completely seal off that end of the drag anchor.

It a very simple project and only took about 15 or 20 minutes to complete. I like a drag anchor while fishing rivers with current. It will slow my drift enough to allow me to cast to structure along the shore. The drag anchor is quite enough with the rubber tubing that it doesn't scare the fish like a plain chain clanging off rocks would.

This one should have enough weight to it that it will keep me stationary in calm water/slow current. This style of anchors is also much safer than a Grapnel (grapple style) anchor which can get lodged in rocks and tree roots which could potentially flip you. Joel H.