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Your Anchor Is The Most Important Safety Item On Your Boat

Boats are built to sail in the water. It is their arena. They're not built to encounter hard solid structures such as rocks, concrete or other boats. 

Getting up close to these hazards requires you to be certain your anchor is 100% reliable and is up for the tasks. One which will hold its ground when you're looking to keep a safe distance.

 

A good anchor is a necessity, not a luxury.

The relative holding of different anchors has been well tested and written in a multitude of publications, but the results are mostly confusing and unreliable. The reason for it is the seabed.

Anchors behave differently in different bottoms. In soft silt seabed, Danforth or a Fortress will offer the best holding (due to their relatively large surface area) and the discussion of setting is irrelevant because all anchors will set in such soft conditions. In thicker, denser bottoms, a Danforth anchor will fail to set. Its blades will skip across the surface. Spade, on the other hand, will provide excellent results, being able to dive deeper than all others. Put the same Spade in thick clay and it won't set. Period. This explains why anchors can excel in certain tests or completely disappoint. Further, even in the same locations, the bottom conditions change with varying weather. This often translates to drastic differences in anchor performance. Rocna, Manson Supreme, Spade, Ultra (new generation anchors) do offer a more reliable performance than Danforth, CQR, Delta, and Bruce. Therefore, the perfect anchor will set in the widest range of soil bottoms (including thick clay or grass) and have enough surface area to provide adequate holding power even in soft soils.

Why is our Anchor design special?

We took the best performing new-generation anchors in the market and tested them. Based on their design we developed a supreme anchor, having the following major issues in mind:

 

  1. Weight-our anchors should have the most efficient weight/holding power ratio possible.
  2. Initial setting - our anchors should have the likelihood to set in even in the most challenging bottoms – hard-packed clay/mud and grassy/weedy areas. Even packed gravel.
  3. Holding - our anchors should be with the best holding power you can find relatively to their size and weight.
  4. Resetting - we wanted our anchors to immediate reset in case of wind or current change. Whatever the seabed conditions.
  5. Retrieval - they should be easy to retrieve, also when they are stuck with your neighbor's boat chain. 
  6. Easy to store when not in use - taking apart the Viking anchor will take you 5 minutes and while stowed away, will take minimal storage space.
  7. One anchor only - we believe in using one good anchor rather than two mediocre ones, in any weather condition given. We also added a hole to connect a second anchor if you find it necessary, but we don’t recommend using it.
  8. The price - the price issue was the initial reason for us to start this voyage. We strongly believe that must-have equipment like an anchor shouldn't be so expensive. To be honest, after learning the anchor manufacturing needs, we found that there is a lot more than metal price and design cost. And yet, we are doing our best to supply anchors with a decent price tag, usually lower than other suppliers. We put long hours of R&D on our anchors, and we are proud to be selling them at a convenient price, without compromising on the product quality. We still believe that if anybody wishes to build their own anchor, then he/she is more than welcome to do so, and we will gladly share our Viking Anchor blueprints with you.

 

See some more anchor stuff here.

https://www.sailmagazine.com/author/jonathan-neeves

https://www.sailmagazine.com/cruising/know-how-expanding-your-anchoring-repertoire

https://www.petersmith.net.nz/boat-anchors/

https://www.petersmith.net.nz/boat-anchors/independent-performance-testing.php

http://rocna.cmpgroup.net/sites/default/files/downloads/press_0612_wm_ym_testing.pdf

All of the articles above where written before Viking was introduced in late 2018, we will update with the new researches coming next year, we promise that it will be interesting.

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