How to successfully pull your boat anchor with an anchor bracket

07 March, 2016 0 comments Leave a comment

There are several ways to successfully pull your boat anchor with an anchor bracket and we are going to specifically discuss a system that uses a buoy ball with an anchor puller.

anchor puller for anchor bracket

Anchor brackets are also referred to as anchor nests or bow rollers, as well as other names, but they all refer to a metal bracket mounted to the bow of your boat, garnished with other features that make that anchor bracket assist in stowing, deploying and retrieving your boat anchor.

anchor bracket mount to a boat

If you are using an anchor system that uses an anchor bracket mounted on the bow of your boat, using a buoy ball with an anchor puller will help you successfully pull your boat anchor with an anchor bracket.

If you are already using an anchor bracket with your buoy ball and anchor puller and are comfortable using that system, then there are still some issues that may be keeping you from successfully pulling your boat anchor with an anchor bracket.

One of the most notable issues is when your anchor is about to be pulled over your anchor bracket. This is most common when using an anchor that has a breakaway feature. 

On an anchor with a breakaway feature, there is a chain that runs from the base of the anchor to the tip of the post that is secured with zip ties or some other material that will break under pressure, in the event the anchor gets stuck.

Anchor for an Anchor Bracket

At the point where the post is connected to the chain with a zip tie can create a snag point when coming over the roller of the anchor bracket making it difficult to successfully pull your boat anchor with an anchor bracket.

When pulling your anchor over the roller on the anchor bracket, the anchor will often come up with the chain side coming over the rollers. in that case, pulling the anchor into your anchor bracket will not be an issue.

However, as often, the anchor will want to come up opposite the chain and the loop or chain link that is welded on the anchor will catch on the roller of the anchor bracket and can stop the anchor from coming over the anchor bracket or even break the zip tie and make it even more difficult to pull the anchor into the anchor bracket, forcing you to hang over the bow of your boat and wrestle it back in.

To solve this particular issue with your anchor, you can try and form that top loop or chain link or re-weld another look with an angle as shown below.

Breakaway anchor designed to fit in an anchor bracket

if you are having this issue and fix this piece of the puzzle this will help you to successfully pull your boat anchor with an anchor bracket.

For more information, see and click on the anchor below. I hope this helped!

River Anchor for an Anchor Bracket

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