by Des Ryan
If you are in love with the idea of putting out two anchors when the going gets tough, you may like the idea of a new idea in anchoring which was nominated for a DAME design award in 2012. It's the tandem anchor system - two anchors, but only one chain and it comes from a brand new company making waves for their innovative designs.
Tandem Anchor system in action
What's the advantage of having only one chain? For a quick getaway, there's only one chain to retrieve, and the fewer chains, the fewer possibilities for stuck or tangled anchors. The product is the brainchild of Weber Marine.
Tandem System - two anchors in place
So Wemar's Tandem Anchor System is a set of complementing anchors that enable effortless application of tandem anchoring technique. The extra value of the system is that the second anchor is well angled to the sea-floor.
You might say that it's another version of the use of an anchor with an anchor buddy or sentinel, keeping the second anchor's chain pulling at an ideal - ie. close to the sea bed - angle. However, using an anchor buddy required two actions to get the system in place, and again, two actions to make a getaway.
But what about deck space? At least you can put the anchor buddy away, whereas two anchors on deck...
Amazingly, the system occupies the same space on deck as a single anchor. So the result is to enable incredibly high holding power, significantly increasing safety at anchor, dramatically increasing confidence - and therefore allowing carefree sleep.
Tandem Anchor system diagram
It comes in two design variants, in dimensions from 9-55kg, hot dip galvanized or stainless steel. It's early days to get good across-the-board feedback from cruising sailors who have tried it, but the theory seems sound and that's a great start.
See how it works here:
About Weber Marine Ltd:
Weber Marine is a high-tech sailing boat and powerboat accessories supplier of marine hardware and electronics under Wemar trademark. Being a young start-up company, founded by its CEO dr. Peter Weber in December 2011, Wemar quickly gained traction in the industry with introduction of innovative, refreshing and amazingly different products. Weber Marine is a member of Go:Global Program and Primorska Technology Park in Slovenia.