“I believe the AnchorRescue is the best anchor retrieval device around. I did a lot of research
before purchasing this gear and I was impressed with the quality of the slider and retriever.
The one thing that sets this unit above all others is that it does not compromise the integrity of
the rode/anchor connection like some do.”
“Before purchasing an AnchorRescue, I spoke with someone who had one. Although he had
not yet used it to retrieve a stuck anchor, he had tested it and was satisfied.
My situation is similar. I have tested it including demonstrating it to friends with complete
satisfaction. I also have not had to use when the anchor was actually stuck although I am fully
satisfied that it will help me retrieve a fouled anchor.
My AR is rigged to a 45# Delta with 250′ of 5/16 hightest chain on a 40′ Albin trawler.”
“I use it with a 35# CQR type anchor on my Bristol Channel Cutter. I only needed it once so
far but it saved my bacon.
For years I’ve had no problem retrieving my anchor but over the last couple years I’ve had a
gnawing feeling that I should plan for some way of getting it back since I do anchor in a lot of
rocky areas. I have 300′ of 5/16 HT chain I didn’t fancy cutting short in an emergency.
A couple days ago I anchored for the first time since installing my AnchorRescue (AR100). It
was in a kind of weedy area that I expected no problem with. When I pulled anchor next
morning I could hear my electric windlass laboring and when the anchor became barely
visible I saw it had picked up a cable more than an inch in diameter. I taped a serrated knife
to a pole to cut it but discovered it was a steel cable, I’m guessing it must have been an old
logging cable from years ago. Then I remembered my AnchorRescue and was soon free. I
did have a bit of trouble til I realized the 1/4″ chain had taken a turn around the anchor shank
so I turned the slider with my boat hook, pulled again and I was free. I’m thinking of using a bit
of electrical tape now instead of the plastic tie to hopefully keep the slider more lined up.
Needless to say I’m a satisfied customer. I couldn’t believe my first anchoring with the unit
was the first time in 20 years I’ve needed it! I must have been psychic when I placed that
“The AnchorRescue device has been ready to deploy since I bought it but I’ve never had to
test it, thank God. I use a 10kg Bruce anchor.”
Roger W. Doyle
“We have had the AnchorRescue system aboard for five years during which time we’ve
cruised from Texas to Maine including the Abacos. We have yet to need its help but are most
impressed with the idea. We use it with a Rocna 25 kilo with a swivel. We rigged it with the
chain over the roll bar.”
“A few years ago we sailed to Cuttyhunk Harbor in Massachusetts. The moorings were all
taken so we needed to anchor outside. During the night the wind came up and changed
directions almost 180 degrees. The good news is we stayed put all night. The bad news is we
hooked our anchor on an underwater cable. The wind was up and it looked like we had no
chance of getting off. The anchor rescue came to the rescue. We dropped the collar, picked
up the back out chain and removed the spade anchor from the cable. It was a lifesaver. I will
never be without it again.”
“We had unknowingly laid our anchor over an abandoned ship’s chain when mooring sternto
at the cruising ships’ jetty at Argostoli, Cephalonia, Greece. Firmly stuck under the weight of
the chain, I suddenly remembered having acquired an AnchorRescue system some years
before, never previously used. I am delighted to report that it worked exactly as advertised. If
you don’t carry one then I would strongly recommend it.”
Also mentioned on Iain’s website www.rhbell.com/simbo “Voyage of Discovery” 2013
under the SotO Log tab and the OCC Flying Fish Archives website, same title,
“I have been very satisfied with the performance of the Anchor Rescue. It was very easy to
add to our ground tackle consisting of a Delta (20kg) anchor and chain/nylon rode. We have
been sailing in the Med for the past four years and many of the harbors have fouled bottoms
from old permanent mooring chains, laid lines and debris. The anchor is used frequently
because of Medmooring (sternto) and having a “trip line” i.e. Anchor Rescue when weighing
anchor is very reassuring. It has performed as advertised in both instances when it was
utilized. The Anchor Rescue hasn’t adversely affected regular anchoring function.”
Gary L Klouda
I bought the Anchor Rescue device for a number of reasons. It works on a simple principle. It
doesn’t require me to break a shear pin or connector by driving forward and it looked to be
well engineered. On receipt I was more than happy with the machining and the general
manufacturing tolerances.There is nothing to corrode or deteriorate. I have it fitted to 25Kg
Delta Anchor and the collar has never interfered with deployment or recovery of the anchor.
I have yet to use it in anger but I have no doubt it will save the day.