"It does not
preclude proper anchoring practice but is
totally complimentary. The two main
advantages are the much greater holding
power and, just as important, the
decreased arc of swing..." S/V
Mayling Brendon and Jo Neilson N.Z.
Catamarans, Multihulls, High winded
vessels, Fishing vessels, Launches, Power
boats...Even with all the modern
technology and boating accessories
available these days, nothing helps your
ground tackle and anchor hold more
securely like this proven, 2000 year old
What is the Anchor
Buddy anchor weight made of - is it just
a lump of lead?
The units have been
purpose-designed for correct balance and
to minimilize any chafing of the rope or
chain. They are die-cast in a compound of
zinc and aluminium (mixed to prevent them
acting as an anode). The components are
the highest marine grade stainless. They
have turned axles and stepped washers.
They have an internal nylon roller. They
are assembled with "Lanacote"
to prevent any corrosion between
I have 3/8 all chain
for anchoring, why would I need an Anchor
Buddy anchor weight?
Chain is heavy - in a
heap, a bag or in a bucket, but spread
over the seabed, it lifts easily,
especially in water. As the Anchor Buddy
anchor weight is a 30lb concentrated
weight, it is far more effective than
letting our more chain. The forces on the
vessel have to overcome and lift it,
before exerting any significant pressure
on the anchor. So it almost doubles
the holding power and reduces the working
load of the anchor by up to 50%. The
weight creates more chain drag across the
seabed, reducing the swinging circle of
your vessel considerably. This is
especially good in crowded anchorages
where swinging room is limited, or when
you are caught on a lee shore.
My anchor is hard
enough to bring up now, how could I bring
them both up at once?
You don't! You lower
the Anchor Buddy anchor weight after
you have anchored securely and you
retrieve it before you bring the
anchor up. It is a completely separate
action. If you have straightened out the
rope or chain rode by going slowly
astern, it rolls down, or comes up easily
on the internal roller.
Ours is a racing boat,
so we don't want extra weight.
No problem! Just put
the Anchor Buddy on board when you go
We use all chain when
cruising in coral areas and switch to
rope when we return home. Do we need two
No, the all chain
model has a wide channel in the roller
and can also be used on rope rodes up to
What would be the
difference in simply adding the
equivalent weight of additional chain to
the rode system?
The Anchor Buddy is a
concentrated weight, rather than a
similar weight spread out across the
seabed. By adding more chain you increase
the swinging circle of the vessel. The
weight of this extra chain in the bow,
can also affect your boat's performance.
My catamaran swings
wildly and sails around at anchor, will
it help that?
Amazingly! As the
Anchor Buddy anchor weight acts like a
spring or shock absorber, all the actions
on the vessel at anchor are minimised.
This is especially noticed on high winded
vessels. An added advantage is that the
rope rode or chain is almost vertical to
the bow, with the Anchor Buddy anchor
weight on. This prevents other boat's
keels, rudders, or propellers getting
caught if they come too close to your bow.
I have an extra heavy
anchor and 30 metres of chain on my 30ft
boat. Why do I need one?
being hard on your back and winch gear,
the extra weight in the bow can affect
the performance of your vessel
considerably. The Anchor Buddy anchor
weight is easy to stow in the anchor
locker for use when it starts to blow.
Most skippers use it when the wind is
above 18 knots but an increasing number
use it every time they anchor -for peace
I have shackled on my
dive belt when it blows. Will an Anchor
Buddy anchor weight be more effective?
Same principle! But an
Anchor Buddy is so much quicker to put
on, or take off, if you have to move the
boat in a hurry. Also, all of our
research has shown that the most
effective weight to almost double the
holding power of vessels 30 to 60 plus
feet is 30lb, so it will be more
effective if it is heavier than your dive
belt. Your dive belt will be damaged by
being on the seabed and it has to be
shackled on to your rope rode or chain.
This would probably cause it wear and
I have used two
anchors at times, how much easier is
using an Anchor Buddy anchor weight?
Two anchors take time
to set and there is a high possibility
that the rodes will twist as the wind
goes round. It is also difficult to
justify risking your second anchor as a
weight, in case of further difficulties.
If you have practised using the Anchor
Buddy anchor weight in light winds, it is
possible to put it on, or take it off, in
just 30 seconds. It is a very simple
twist-on procedure to attach or detach it.
NO SPANNERS OR SHACKLES required!
If you have
any other questions, please do not
hesitate to contact us.
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