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Old 07-01-2017, 06:10 PM   #1
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Bruce anchor question

We have a Bruce claw on our boat. There is an eyelet near the end of the anchor. What might it be used for? Could you put a float on there to identify anchor location?
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Old 07-01-2017, 06:47 PM   #2
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It is for a marker float or a trip line.

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Can be both in one. I use to think the Bruce was the best anchor for my use.
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Old 07-01-2017, 08:36 PM   #4
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If you think a Bruce is a good anchor you'll be in heaven with one of the new generation anchors
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Aand...They're off! Motion 30 takes an early lead on the outside...
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I saw a boat anchored in a very crowded anchorage last year with a float on the anchor. Another boat cruised by and caught his float line in their prop. The two of them drifted for a tense minute or so before another anchor could be deployed. Then it was up to TowBoatUS to sort it all out and tow the snagged boat away.
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Aand...They're off! Motion 30 takes an early lead on the outside...
It`s to bolt the anchor to your home garage wall while you go buy a different anchor.
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That's strange, the site just informed me that my token has expired. I'd' be a lot more concerned if I knew what a token was...?
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Could it be you black friend died? Just kidding.
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Ah, the obligatory, semi-annual anchor discussion. Good question Kurt.Reynolds, but if you think the USS Fitzgerald collision opens debate....⚓️+ !
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Its to tie that thing down in your bilge so you attach another model in its place.
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Honestly guys, I used a real Bruce for more than 20 years and only had one small problem when the tide changed. I now use a Boss and feel it is a surperior due to the fact that it sets immediately but I usually anchor in sand and/or light grass so you might have other results.
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Greetings,
Mr. X. "...my token has expired." A strange turn of phrase but...

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I use a 15kg Lewmar Claw (Bruce wannabe) exclusively in the SF Bay and CA Delta without fail. I anchor sometimes 15 times a month in fishing season with many overnights. It's always worked for me so I don't know how to improve upon it. In fact, it once held me and a 60 Hatteras in 50 ft of water in windy conditions in the SF Bay Slot after an allision during the Fleet Week Blue Angels Air Show. IMO, it's been thoroughly battle tested.

But YMMV...your conditions may be different. We have semi-sticky mud and we're generally weed-free in depths greater than 15 ft.

Just don't use the trip line!!
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thanks everyone, we are anchoring for the first time in our new to us GB 42 and excited to check out our Bruce Anchor.

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Hi RT, it was a message from the site. I'm on the Sunshine Coast (the Canadian one) and there are more grow-ops here per square mile than only Lasqueti Island! Sadly, I don't smoke...

Anyway, as I'm obviously posting, my token must have been rejuvenated! Woohoo!

Oh I almost forgot, I have a stainless steel Bruce on my bow, the only thing on the boat that is shiny (except the clocks) and I'll ask you not to badmouth my anchor. Even though I have yet to use it (its new to me) I'm sure its a very sincere anchor.
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Greetings,
Mr. X. A SS Bruce? Alas, our 40 kg. Bruce is but galvanized...
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I've come to the conclusion that SS anchors work better and you get the bling too.

But like RT says .. alas my 33lb Lewmar is but galvanized.
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If the anchor you are using keeps your boat in place and you've used it hundreds of times without incident, someone please explain to me how another anchor could be "better".


To answer the original question, the hole is for attaching a trip line. If you don't know what that is or how it works, do a web search. It's better than trying to explain it on a forum.
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