Please select your home edition
Upffront 2020 Foredeck Club LEADERBOARD

Which is the right Lewmar boat anchor for me?

by Aleix Escorsell 27 Nov 2021 09:00 GMT
Lewmar anchor © Lewmar

Lewmar has built an impressive range of anchors over the years. Their flagship anchor, the Delta, is the primary anchor used by numerous national lifeboat organisations worldwide. With such a wide range of anchors available and a choice of three materials, it can be tricky to know which anchor is best for your boat.

This article will discuss the most popular Lewmar anchors and how to choose the best anchor for your boat based on holding power and they types of sea beds you are likely to be mooring in.

Claw anchor anchor One of the most popular anchor choices in North America, originally designed to secure oil rigs in the north sea. The claw anchor is an excellent all-purpose anchor which sets extremely easily in most soft surfaces and resets easily if broken loose. One downside to this anchor is that it often has less holding power than other anchors of a similar size such as the Delta, meaning you will most likely have a much larger, heavier and bulkier anchor on board, if you opt to go with the claw.

Good in: mud, sand, rock, coral
Not so good in: clay, heavy grass and weeds

Materials: Galvanised or stainless steel
Range: 1 - 80 kg

LFX anchor anchor A relatively modern design, the LFX anchor has an adjustable fluke angle, which can be used to adapt to different water and seabed conditions. The LFX is considered one of the best designs for mud and sand, the downside is that outside of these two elements, it is not nearly as effective. Fortunately, most sea bottoms are comprised of mud and sand.

Whether or not it is used as a primary anchor, a LFX anchor makes an excellent choice as a secondary or stern anchor. When not in use, the LFX can be disassembled and stored in a bag or locker.

Good in: mud, sand
Not so good in: rock, coral, clay, heavy grass and weeds

Materials: Aluminium
Range: 2 - 10 kg

LFF anchor anchor The LFF is a smaller version of the LFX anchor, designed for smaller yachts. The simple, yet strong LFF anchor is ideally used as a secondary anchor as it provides great holding power, easy stowage and can be used in a number of mooring applications.

Good in: mud, sand
Not so good in: rock, coral, clay, heavy grass and weeds

Materials: Galvanised steel
Range: 6 - 25 kg

Plow style anchors
Delta® anchor anchor The Delta® is one of the oldest styles of anchor, dating back to the 1930s. However, it has withstood the test of time and continues to be one of the most popular anchors on the market today. The Delta® anchor uses a design similar to an agricultural plow, with a sharp point, rather than a blunt end to make insertion in to soft sea beds easy. The low centre of gravity and self-righting geometry mean that the Delta® will set immediately. Plus, it has great holding power for it's size; about 50% more than the Claw. However, the Delta's® sharp end is not as effective in sea floors with rocks that it cannot penetrate and can be damaged more easily by hard surfaces.

Materials: Galvanised or stainless steel
Range: 4 - 63 kg

DTX anchor anchor The Lewmar DTX anchor fills the gap between the existing galvanised and stainless Delta® anchors, allowing owners to have a stainless steel anchor for a significantly reduced outlay. The DTX anchor is made of 316 stainless steel and incorporates a lead ballast encapsulated within the tip of the anchor to achieve the perfect centre of gravity with even greater precision.

Materials: Galvanised or stainless steel
Range: 6 - 63g

Epsilon anchor anchor The latest in the Lewmar anchor range and a natural progression of the Delta® anchor. This is a compact, robust version of the Delta® with extreme holding power and rapid setting for it's size. Its concave fluke and ballast keel ensure market-leading holding power and rapid setting, while maintaining self-launching characteristics with Lewmar bow rollers and retaining the same shank geometry as the original Delta®.

Materials: Galvanised or stainless steel
Range: 6 - 63g

CQR anchor anchor The CQR is very similar to the Delta® design, with the biggest difference being the hinge feature. The hinge allows this anchor to be much more responsive to changes in wind and tide when compared to other anchor types. Despite this, it has relatively low holding power compared to the fixed Delta® design.

Good in: mud, sand, coral, clay, heavy grass and weeds
Not so good in: rock

Materials: Galvanised or stainless steel
Range: 7 - 408 kg (that is a big anchor!)


The Lewmar range of anchors come in three materials, galvanised steel, stainless steel and aluminium alloy. Galvanised and stainless steel have very similar holding power and weight, the main difference being the aesthetic appearance of the stainless steel. The polished stainless steel is more prone to scratches and other aesthetic damage over time, whereas galvanised steel masks this with its uneven finish.

Aluminium is the lightest of the three and is more prone to corrosion and damage than steel (only available in the LFX model). While light weight is usually a big plus in sailing hardware, this means that aluminium anchors must rely much more on bottom penetration for holding power, and if they are not set properly, they will provide little to no holding power.


The anchor and material you choose depends heavily on a number of factors. For most sailors a Delta® variant or Claw is the best balance between great performance and low price point. For blue water cruisers, the CQR or LFX are much more forgiving of current and wind changes, so are a great option for more dynamic environments.

For more help in choosing the right anchor for you and your boat, contact us at or check our entire range of Lewmar Anchors.

Related Articles

Introducing the Sailmon MAX
The sailing GPS built to challenge you! Traditionally, dinghy sailing has been all about feel and experience, but now sailors are able to improve their performance by seeing exactly what their strengths are and where they can make improvements, thanks to sailing GPS computers. Posted on 9 Dec 2021
Trogear Bowsprit fitting tips
Installing above existing bow rollers Retrofitting a bowsprit, to allow the use of code zero and asymmetric sails, is an increasingly popular performance upgrade for both cruisers and offshore racing sailors. In this article we look at specialist retrofit bowsprit manufacturers, Trogear. Posted on 18 Nov 2021
What's New in 2021 at the DAME Awards
Sailing hardware and rigging nominations reviewed by The biggest marine equipment trade show (METS) is about to take place in Amsterdam later this month and they have just announced the 2021 DAME Design Award nominations, for what's new and exciting in leisure marine equipment. Posted on 11 Nov 2021
How to set a boat anchor in 3 simple steps
Avoiding tangles, choosing the scope, and more So you are looking to stop off for a few hours to relax and enjoy your boat, maybe to bask in the sunshine or take a dip in the sea, or perhaps even for an overnight stay? It's important to anchor your boat correctly. Posted on 25 Oct 2021
Wichard MXEvo 2:1/3:1 Blocks
Often imitated but tough to beat Wichard's expertise comes from over 100 years of forging safety parts for the manufacturing industry, so when it came to designing boat fittings, strength and safety have always been at the top of their priority list. Posted on 15 Oct 2021
Antal Barber Block - Impeccable Design
Created specifically for barber-hauler or code zero tweaker systems It's no secret that we're big fans of the cool gadgets that Antal manufacture. These are often the subject of our blogs - previously, we've delved into the Antal Roller Cleat, the Antal Soft Loop Hook and the Antal Electric Winch Range, to name a few. Posted on 7 Oct 2021
No Compromise Inflatable Yacht Fenders
Fendress fenders reviewed by Started 15 years ago in the French Riviera, Fendress are specialists in inflatable yacht fenders. These fenders are designed to be light, strong and ultra-resistant. Plus, they look great! Posted on 23 Sep 2021
How to Choose a Spinlock Deckvest
The main consideration is usage and application Lifejacket pioneers Spinlock are renowned for their sleek, comfortable to wear, high-spec lifejackets. In a previous article, we introduced the full range of Deckvests and took a look at the features and benefits of each. Posted on 16 Sep 2021
Best Sailing Boat Blocks in 2021
Review covers soft attach, snatch looper, open ring, beckets and more In this article we take a quick look at what is new and/or interesting in the sailing block world in 2021. Harken continue to develop soft attach blocks. Morfrac Systems are developing their product line to include becket versions of their blocks. Posted on 7 Sep 2021