We made some changes to our river break away anchor and we wanted to share those with you as well as why those features are important when choosing this type of anchor.
Before we get into those features, I wanted to let you know, our anchors are made here in the US of steel produced here in the US and have a structural grade, hot dip galvanized coating done in the US.
This is the same coating that is used on outdoor structures like street light posts and bridge railings.
Ok, now onto the new features.
The latest feature we added, was the custom laser cut link at the base of the anchor, as shown below.
We call it a link because, that is what we originally used and is what a lot of other anchor manufacturers are currently using on this type of anchor. Link that others use is shown below.
One of the challenges with the original link was, it made it difficult to snug the anchor up into the anchor nest when the anchor was stowed and secured with a pin.
There would be too much movement when the anchor was stowed in the anchor nest and could be an issue in rougher waters.
With the 3 holes on the new link, you can now get better adjustment when you pin your anchor into the nest by picking the specific hole that does the best job.
Now, if you don’t have an Anchor Caddie anchor or an Anchor Caddie anchor nest, but still need to solve this problem, there's the video at the bottom of this post showing how a lot of folks have solved this.
Ok, onto the next feature…
The next feature is the custom laser cut Loop at the top of the anchor.
Similar story of our custom link, we call this a loop because, that is what we originally used and is what a lot of other anchor manufacturers are currently using on this type of anchor.
Some are even using a regular link of chain, welded sideways on top of the anchor.
One of the challenges with the original loop was, it would get caught on the underside of the rollers when bringing the anchor up.
This was due to 2 reasons:
1, the loop was too wide and 2, the zip tie for the breakaway feature would slide down the side of the loop, leaving a V shape at the top of the anchor that would all but guarantee it will get stuck.
With our custom loop, those problems go away.
With the leading angle on our loop, it will never get caught up on the rollers as you pull your anchor up into the nest.
And with the dedicated zip tie hole, your zip tie will never slide down. Eliminating any chance of creating that V I mentioned moments ago.
Now, with all that being said, in my experience, about half the time, the anchor comes up chain side in. for those times, the fancy custom link is moot. But for the other 50% it is a frustration saver.
Well that does it with our recent improvements on our anchors.
To get your Anchor Caddie anchor or any other Anchor Caddie products, visit your local outfitter or go to Anchor Caddie.com today.