Optimum design of an anchor is influenced by the specific composition of the ocean floor. Basically, we categorize the ocean bottom into three groups:

  1. Mud, or silt, which varies the most in consistency, and offers little resistance to forces.
  2. Sand, ideally the most consistent, and where anchors specifically designed reach excellent holding efficiency
  3. Rock, or marl, poor holding ground wherean anchors dead weight is its only asset

The efficiency of an anchor in a fiven test is expressed in terms of "Holding Power" per pound of its own weight, not in "Proof Test" which indicates physical properties of the material.

The fluke angle of an anchor has a fefinite effect upon the "Holding Power". The flukes should enter the bottom at an angle that will allow the crown, or head, to penetrate to a depth which can produce maximum efficiency.

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