Releasing Anchors

I know a guy who ripped his windlass off his catamaran because his anchor got caught on the bottom.  That’s a bad day.   Maybe a fluke anchor from Revolution Anchors may have helped.  These newly introduced anchors feature a double shank with the chain running from the crown to the chain between the shanks and through a machined stainless box that houses a release mechanism.  This mechanism at the end of the shank is designed to let go once you drive over the anchor (at 90 degrees).  The chain pops off the shank end and is then only connected ...

7th March 2010.
By Zuzana Prochazka

I know a guy who ripped his windlass off his catamaran because his anchor got caught on the bottom.  That’s a bad day.   Maybe a fluke anchor from Revolution Anchors may have helped. 
These newly introduced anchors feature a double shank with the chain running from the crown to the chain between the shanks and through a machined stainless box that houses a release mechanism.  This mechanism at the end of the shank is designed to let go once you drive over the anchor (at 90 degrees).  The chain pops off the shank end and is then only connected to the crown and the anchor is lifted free of the obstruction be it a rock, kelp or underwater cable.

The three models in the Revolution Anchors line are designed for boat from 16-36 feet and even the company makes sure you know that these are best used as lunch hooks, not overnight situations in a blow.  Sure, the snag release mechanism can be overridden by adding a bolt to the box but it strikes me that small fishing craft that anchor for a short time in the afternoon are better targets for these anchors than a cruising sailboat. 

The three models retail from $285-434 and weigh between 12 and 18 pounds.  They can be used with most rollers.  Shanks are replaceable and the anchors are made of 316 stainless steel.  Use with caution until you get the hang of it.

 


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Zuzana Prochazka

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Zuzana Prochazka is a writer and photographer who freelances for a dozen boating magazines and websites. A USCG 100 Ton Master, Zuzana has cruised, chartered and skippered flotillas in many parts of the world and serves as a presenter on charter destinations and topics. She is the Chair of the New Product Awards committee, judging innovative boats and gear at NMMA and NMEA shows, and currently serves as immediate past president of Boating Writers International. She contributes to Boats.com and YachtWorld.com, and also blogs regularly on her boat review site, TalkoftheDock.com.
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