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. After Bruce left the small anchor market, a number of other manufacturers have come forward to fill the void with the Lewmar Company probably being the most well-known of the current manufacturers of the claw style anchor.
Originally designed in the early 1970s by Peter Bruce, the design was based on his other large-scale commercial anchors for fixed installations such as oil rigs and drilling platforms. The original Bruce Anchor and its copies have garnered a large following among boaters.
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.
As for sizing, currently the Claw Anchor can be found in weights up to 176 pounds (80 kg.) An anchor roller platform is almost a must have item to conveniently stow and have the anchor available for immediate use.
In this case there is only one major player available now that the Bruce Anchor Group has gotten out of the market. The Lewmar Company headquartered in the United Kingdom with offices in Europe and the United States is now probably the premier maker of the claw anchor.
Setting aside any shortcomings of the anchor design itself, the Lewmar name generally equates to a quality product.
The Lewmar Claw is available in galvanized or stainless steel, in sizes from 2.2 pounds (1 kg) to 176 pounds (80 kg.)
The Lewmar Claw Specifications and Sizing Chart
After researching the pro’s and con’s of the plow anchor earlier, I ’m sorry, but I had to see what the experts had to say about the Claw style anchor too. Amazingly enough, the views were not as divergent as those of the plow anchor. I did come across one very insightful statement in regards to the claw anchor that I felt honor bound to pass on and I quote:
"Moreover, the claw does not set particularly well in harder seabeds if the anchor lands upside-down."
Alrightyyyyyyy then, moving on . . .!
Even though it is no longer in production we have the original Bruce Anchor manufacturer’s specifications and sizing chart for those that may still have the original.