Q: Does the AnchorRescue really work?
A: Yes. In addition to our internal testing, we have received numerous testimonials from customers across the globe who have used it to recover their anchors. You can read their testimonials elsewhere on our website.
Q: I have three anchors on my boat, do I need to put an AnchorRescue on all three of them?
A: Only the ones you like. Additional sliders and tethers can be purchased separately without the retriever so you can protect all your anchors.
Q: Does the AnchorRescue have any effect on my normal anchoring routine?
A: No, the slider and tether have been designed to stay out of the way during normal anchoring activities.
Q: Can I put the AnchorRescue on my anchor only when I think the bottom is questionable?
A: You certainly can but that defeats the purpose of the AnchorRescue. Since even the best anchorages can hold surprises, it makes the most sense to keep the AnchorRescue installed on your anchor at all times.
Q: I’ve seen anchor retrieval systems before that use cable ties or break-away shackles. Is the AnchorRescue any different?
A: Yes. The AnchorRescue only uses cable ties to take the slack out of the tether and to keep the slider from rotating around the rode. The cable ties in no way impact your anchor/rode connection. Other systems use cable ties or breakaway shackles to attach the rode to the shank end of the anchor. When the cable tie or shackle breaks, the pull of the rode is transferred to the crown, creating the potential for the anchor to release on it’s own accord. The AnchorRescue never jeopardizes your anchor/rode connection and cannot trip your anchor until you send the retriever down.
Q: How does the AnchorRescue compare to using a loop of chain, a large shackle or one of the expensive stainless rings that are lowered down the rode and onto the anchor?
A: These devices require that you successfully lower them down the rode, over the shackle and/or swivel, onto the shank and finally, down to the crown. If the snag is up against any part of the shank, it will prevent the device from moving past it to the crown, rendering it useless. Because the AnchorRescue tether chain is never under the shank, this type of snag will NOT prevent the AnchorRescue from recovering your anchor.
Q: If I run out of cable ties, can I use the ties available at my local boat shop?
A: Yes. Just make sure they are black for UV protection and buy the better quality ties. If you can’t find 40lb ties, 50lb ties will work. They’ll just require somewhat more force to break. If cable ties are not available or you do not like the idea of plastic ties, any light line or string will provide the same result. Just make sure you use a line that is breakable with a reasonable pull.
Q: Can I use the AnchorRescue with a rope/chain rode connected with a thimble and shackle?
A: The retriever portion of the AnchorRescue will not pass over a thimble and shackle. A rope/chain splice is required for the AnchorRescue.
Q: Can I use the AnchorRescue with a chain size smaller than the chain it is designed for?
A: You can always use an the AnchorRescue on a smaller chain. The slider is just a little bulkier than necessary as it sits on the anchor chain.
Q: Can the working load limits on the AnchorRescue be exceeded?
A: These limits should not be exceeded under any circumstances. Remember that the AnchorRescue only has to back your anchor out. The strength of your anchor/rode connection is never jeopardized by the AnchorRescue.
Q: Will the AnchorRescue free every fouled anchor?
A: The AnchorRescue can free almost any fouled anchor but there are situations where even the AnchorRescue cannot free an anchor. If the rode has become fouled around the shank of the anchor or an obstruction on the bottom, the retriever cannot reach the slider and the AnchorRescue becomes ineffective. An anchor could become jammed so tightly into a crevice that no reasonable backward force could pull it out. These situations are rare.
Q: Can the AnchorRescue be used for a fluke type anchor like a Danforth or Fortress anchor?
A: The AnchorRescue may work with pivoting fluke anchors like the Fortress and Danforth but requires modification to the tether arrangement and in some cases the anchor itself. It’s use with these anchors is less than optimal and is not recommended.
Q: I have a 16 foot fishing boat and do a lot of fishing on lakes where bottom debris is a real problem. Can the AnchorRescue help me?
A: The AnchorRescue will benefit anybody who uses an anchor that is designed to be tripped out.
Q: I have a number of anchors on my boat that all use the same size chain. Can I purchase extra sliders/tethers for these anchors without having to purchase additional retrievers?
A: Yes, sliders/tethers can be purchased separately.
Q: Can the retriever be left out in the sun for long periods?
A: The retriever is made of UV protected UHMW polyethylene and is for all intents and purposes immune to sun and weather but it’s is good practice to keep it below and out of the way.
Q: When should I use the AnchorRescue?
A: You should use the AnchorRescue as soon as you realize that the usual efforts to raise the anchor are not working. The more you haul on a stuck anchor, the more stuck it can get and the more difficult it will be to free with the AnchorRescue.
Q: The AnchorRescue is made of UHMW and stainless steel, is there any maintenance involved?
A: Although the materials were specifically chosen to be impervious to salt water it is good practice to rinse the retriever in fresh water after use. Cleaning the retriever of any mud and debris before storage will assure it is ready to use when next needed. Always check that the capture pins move freely before deploying the retriever.