Bob:

Sadly, we lost our Bruce anchor. Now that the Bruce is no longer being made, what anchor would you pick for 37 ft. trawler.

Thanks very much.

Sincerely,
Barbara Reine


Bob’s Response

Hi, Barbara,

Easy question, not-so-easy answer. One solution would be to look for a used Bruce. Assuming the anchor hasn’t been bent (very difficult), the worst thing that could happen would be that salt water has turned it sort of black. Re-galvanizing will make it shiny again. If re-galvanizing, ask that your anchor be included in the new chemicals batch. The more the chemicals are used, the less shiny the result. The corrosion-resistance will not be affected, however.

Plan B would be to look at a Bruce knock-off. The early knock-offs were pretty rough and their geometry was different from genuine Bruce, but maybe things have improved. I confess that despite my concerns, I haven’t heard any bad reports about the knock-offs.

If I were going to a different design, I would look very hard at the Simpson-Lawrence Delta. I’ve had no bad reports, and the people who use Deltas seem to like them.

With all anchors, get one big enough. Our Tollycraft 37 is supposed to use a 33-pound Bruce, but we put on a 44-pounder and haven’t regretted it.

Bob Hale


Barbara’s Response

Hi Bob,

Following your email response I called Dunato’s Second Wave in Seattle for a used Bruce and they did not have one the size we want. Yesterday I went on Ebay to see if one might be available and sure enough, one was there and in our size. We won the bidding so at the close of bidding at 8:23 AM this morning, we acquired a Bruce. It is coming from Pennsylvania and we’re hoping it will be what we are expecting.

Thanks for the suggestion.

Barbara Reine & Bob Fisher


Bob’s Response

Hi, Barb,

Thanks for the update. Unless you’d rather keep it a secret, let me know the size you chose and how much it cost. Also the condition of the anchor when you get it.

Bob Hale


Barbara’s Response

Hi Bob,

We got a 33 lb. anchor (which was what we had before and were pleased with). The cost is $85 + $39.87 for UPS shipping. I’ll let you know its condition when we receive it.

Barb


Hi Bob,

Our anchor did arrive – early last week. It is a genuine Bruce – made in Belgium. It is in good shape (has a little rust), mostly I think it would benefit from galvanizing. It is not cracked or bent. We are pleased with our purchase. Do you know who does galvanizing?

Thanks for your help with our Bruce anchor saga.

Barbara Reine


Bob’s Response

Barb,

I’m pleased it worked out. You got a bargain. My only experience in a galvanizing shop was one time at Ace Galvanizing in Ballard, quite a few years ago. The shop was dimly lighted and steam was rising from the vats. It was eerie and fascinating. I just did an Internet search, and they’re still there. Call (206)782-8300. My search request was “galvanizing, Seattle.” I think an even better request would be “galvanizing services, Seattle,” which might yield even more information.

Bob Hale

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