In this section you can find frequently asked questions about the System, its Instalation and its Operation, with ideas and tips for our product, and also a selection of Links to anchors and auxiliary elements websites, with our comments, and a Review of the classical anchor retrieval systems and a few more, .
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The system is not recommendable for pivoting fluke anchors, such as Danforth, Brittany, FOB or the so-called stockless anchors, nor is it recommendable for grapnel anchors, widely used by small fishing vessels. The reason for...
The use of the anchor, which forms part of every boat’s safety equipment and which must always be on board, is allowed in races. You will not use it in a short race, but you may need it in a longer one (especially coastal), where the boat...
This is a classic advantage normally stated in favour of the anchor buoy, but after careful reflection such an advantage is highly debatable. Firstly, it does not actually provide us with any indication of usefulness because when we want to set...
There will be situations in which an anchor will not be retrievable with our system. An example of this would be if the chain rather than the anchor got caught in any obstruction on the bed. Another case would be if another boat’s chain...
Is AnchorWitch applicable to all types of anchor?
The system is not recommendable for pivoting fluke anchors, such as Danforth, Brittany, FOB or the so-called stockless anchors, nor is it recommendable for grapnel anchors, widely used by small fishing vessels. The reason for this is so that the buoy can perform its function, the anchor must have different upper and lower parts (i.e., it must have a top and bottom).
It is applicable to all modern anchors, such as Rocna, Spade, Brake, Wasi (aka Bugelanker), Delta, Kobra, Ray, Excel, Ultra, Raya, SuperMax, etc., as well as to CQR or Bruce, and its imitations.It makes no sense in anchors like the Manson Supreme or the SARCA, which have their own retrieval system.
If you still use a pivoting fluke anchor, you should very seriously consider changing to a modern anchor, with its far superior versatility and performance, unless you only occasionally anchor and do not do cruises. There are a range of articles with reviews of anchor tests, and although their results are not always comparable or uniform, it is evident that, at least for small and medium-size capacity boats, the old pivoting fluke anchors have been comprehensively outperformed, as they only provide acceptable results in very specific conditions. Versatility is an essential quality in modern anchors which fluke or pivoting anchors do not offer.
In short, AnchorWitch is applicable to all types of anchors which a well-informed person may recommend for small and medium tonnage boats.
Larger capacity boats continue to use pivoting fluke anchors which are reliable because they are heavy and are easier to stow in the bow of a cargo boat or passenger ship, but which are not at all recommendable for a yacht or small fishing vessel.