Q: I have three anchors on my boat, do I need to put AnchorRescue on all three of them?
A: Only the ones you like.
Q: Does 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 AnchorRescue on my anchor only when I think the bottom is questionable?
A: You certainly can but that somewhat defeats the purpose of AnchorRescue. Since even the best anchorages can hold surprises, it makes the most sense to keep AnchorRescue on your anchor at all times.
Q: I’ve seen anchor retrieval systems before that use cable ties. Is AnchorRescue any different?
A: Yes. AnchorRescue only uses the 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. The other systems use the cable ties to attach the rode to the shank end of the anchor. When the cable tie breaks, the pull of the rode is transferred to the crown. With these other systems, the only thing keeping your anchor set is the cable tie. AnchorRescue never jeopardizes your anchor/rode connection and cannot trip your anchor until you send the retriever down.
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 AnchorRescue with a rope/chain rode connected with a thimble and shackle?
A: The retriever portion of AnchorRescue will not pass over a thimble and shackle. A rope/chain splice is required for AnchorRescue.
Q: Can I use AnchorRescue with a chain size smaller than the chain it is designed for?
A: You can always use an 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 AnchorRescue be exceeded?
A: These limits should not be exceeded under any circumstances. Remember that AnchorRescue only has to back your anchor out. The strength of your anchor/rode connection is never jeopardized by AnchorRescue.
Q: Will AnchorRescue free every fouled anchor?
A: AnchorRescue can free almost any fouled anchor but there are situations where even 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 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 AnchorRescue be used for a fluke type anchor like a Danforth or Fortress anchor?
A: 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 AnchorRescue help me?
A: 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 AnchorRescue?
A: You should use 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 AnchorRescue.
Q: 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.