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How it all started

The whole idea of making our own anchors started when we, my wife Tali and I, had to look for a new anchor for our 2006 Jeanneau 43DS boat that we are sailing with since 2015 in the Mediterranean.

The old Danforth anchor that we had failed us two times too many in very unpleasant situations.
After a long day in a place called Rafina in Greece, a place we will probably never forget, trying to keep our "Rozi" afloat in one place, we decided it was time for a new anchor.

We started looking online for our new anchor and it didn’t take us too long to find out that for a new generation anchor, for our size of boat we will have to spend between $500 to $800. Specifically looking for a galvanized metal type anchor.

With many nautical miles behind, countless anchoring situations in different places around the blue globe, I have learned the hard way that a good reliable anchor in your boat is a necessity, and it might save your life one day. Not to mention provide you good night sleep instead of sleepless "white" nights when the wind is howling hard in a remote bay, knowing that the only thing keeping you from moving to an unpleasant spot on the map where colors are changing dramatically is this small piece of metal hanging at the end of your chain somewhere in the deep dark blue.

So, I decided to build my own anchor. Nothing out there satisfied my demands, and most of the new generation anchors offered out there came along with a hefty price tag.
At the beginning it looked like an easy job, two pieces of metal welded together and that's it, well.... not so simple. After getting into it I have found that building a good anchor requires more than two pieces of metal joined together. A lot more. Many parameters should be considered, such as weight, size, angels, materials, construction strength, and also many new words to learn, terms like Neuton, Paskal, holding power, setting, resetting and so on. But hey, after all, as harder it got it was more interesting and motivating.

I was looking for a good design to start with, but I couldn’t find decent blueprints of an anchor that will do the job for me.
While looking online for information I met Marko Janjanin, an engineer from Slovenia that developed his own anchor, while putting a lot of time and effort into it with good results. From there, I started learning more about anchors and anchoring, plowing the web and meeting and calling old friends that I knew from a long time ago who are experts in the metal and marine industries. I was also making new friends in the process, looking for answers for many questions that came up along the way.

After gathering enough information to start with, we bought a few "new generation" anchors and started learning and understanding their behavior. 
Our playground was located on a deserted beach in the north of Israel, using tons of sunscreen, going back and forth from the beach to our small metal shop. After testing and more testing, I started cutting, welding, adjusting, and alternating the anchors, until reaching a stage I was satisfied with. Finally, we reached a design which is very similar to how today's Viking anchors are built.

Then started the "small changes era" that took one year! Finally, it was done.

Now the time came to look for a factory with professional working force and know how to finish the designs and manufacture them.
We teamed up with a friend that owns a big and experienced metal facility in Ukraine. A weekend sailor as well as a very nice and knowledgable guy. We started creating our own designs. Initially, a few prototypes for testing mechanically, and in house, and later on in different places in Europe and the Mediterranean. On versatile types of seabeds, using 4X4 vehicles and tractors trying to destroy them.

Finally, we reached a point where we not only had a good enough anchor but actually a real game-changer. A one of a kind.
We manufactured a few anchors for each model and gave them to fellow sailors to test them as well. The results were astonishing. 
At this point, we started sharing what we learned with other boaters like us, giving them the opportunity to get the best anchor they can in terms of performances and weight. 

Today when we are up and running and making great anchors in our facility in Ukraine, we at Viking anchors know that we came up with the most successful design we have met so far.  With unmatchable setting, resetting and holding capabilities, and most importantly, with the best weight/holding power ratio. 
Fellow cruisers can relate to what I am talking about, as with most couples we met along our sailing journeys, it was the wife's job to handle the anchor. So when it's heavy- it's heavy).

Our newborn child was superior to all the anchors we have tested, including the ones made by major and respectable manufacturers and designers. We have learned a lot of inspecting competitor anchors, implementing their advantages in our anchors, while respecting the patents they achieved over time.

We are making anchors!! Damn good Anchors.

You can try one of our anchors, you will get the finest product ever seen at the most decent price.

Should you need more information? please contact us.



We wish you a pleasant sailing and safe anchoring.

The Viking team,


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