Anchoring in Tight Locations

Tight Anchoring Locations – Put Faith In Your Sarca Anchor

After extensive testing in all situations, the Sarca anchor was found to set within 1 metre. The result – when you are anchoring in tight locations you don’t have to drift back far on your anchor to test the set.

When you have limited area in which to anchor, the super-high holding power of the Sarca anchor means you will need less scope – an advantage in keeping away from other swinging boats.

A recent comment from a newly converted Sarca user:

From “Cruise News” – Island Cruising Association Newsletter Nov 2008

“….Anchoring was a problem last year. Our aging plow had seen better days and was starting to rust, a bit unsightly but not damaging. The fact that we dragged three times last year could however, have been. We were just lucky. Now dragging your anchor doesn’t just have a physical effect, it also has a psychological one. Every time you put it down you are thinking “is it going to hold” and every time the wind gets up in the middle of the night any chance of a good night’s sleep goes out the window.

We had talked to a number of cruisers last year about different anchors but we kept coming back to one in particular. Our friends aboard Spindrift never dragged, even in the same areas we were anchoring in: they had a Sarca. We went and saw Sarca when we got back last year and it turns out the chap that designed it was an Aussie engineer. The drag and set data they showed us was good and with the positive experience we already had we decided to buy one. Best anchoring decision, ever….. our choice was a Sarca.

This year we have anchored in mud, soft sand, hard packed sand, coral, shingle and rock. We have been anchored in some extreme weather conditions too. We never moved. The anchor, once properly set, held tight in all conditions. Diving on the anchor, which in most instances we did, the anchor had set in less than its length.

We even tried setting it intentionally to windward and letting the boat fall of to lie to the wind (emulating a 180 deg wind shift), even in 30 knots with the boat moving at an alarming pace the anchor simply turned in its set position and dug in deeper. Ann said the wheel nearly spun out of her hands the set was so sharp.”

Jim and Anne Miller , Island Cruising Assn.

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