Practical Sailor are in and
despite the conclusions reached by their testers and editorial staff, the actual
winner is the Super Max Pivoting Arm anchor!
Here is why. The test was ended for each anchor when 500 pounds holding was
reached. That basically means that this series of tests is a non-test. As was seen,
most of the anchors tested could reach 500 pounds. They had a 4,000 pound test
rated winch pulling the anchor rodes. Why they limited their tests to only 500 pounds
leads one to believe they were trying to make the mediocre anchors appear better
than they actually are.
Next, the testers found that the lightest weight anchors set and then held the
same or close to the same load as the set. The heaviest anchors in the tests
were the Super Max anchors. They set immediately according to the testers
and went to the designated 500 pounds, then the load fell off to 400-425 pounds.
The testers assumed that the laws of physics do not apply to anchors when they
judge holding power. The lightweight anchors have virtually no momentum. The
heavy weight anchors have momentum. When the pull is stopped, the anchor's
weight will carry the anchor forward at least one or two inches which serves to
relieve the tension on the anchor rode, thus decreasing the load on the anchor
rode. This whole test scenario benefited the lightweights while penalizing the
heavyweights unfairly. If the tester's anchor winch had been engaged again to
increase the pulling pressure, obviously the anchor would have gone back first
to the 500 pounds it previously had held and then gone on to greater attained
pressures. Making conclusions based on false information no matter how gained
leads the consumer to buy inferior products which could ultimately cause deaths
or injuries and loss of property.
The Super Max anchors were discounted for being the heaviest and the most costly.
The tests were supposed to be for boats from 32 to 35 feet in length. These boats
would normally weigh in at 20 to 25,000 pounds. Our model 16's are for that displacement,
and the reason for that is that these are anchors that will hold boats of that weight in
hurricane winds by themselves! They are storm anchors! The flukes have more square
inches of holding power than any of the other anchors tested. Ultimately, that is the
basis for how much an anchor can hold. The greater the area of steel set against the
bottom strata, the greater the holding power.
Witness the Max 17's that held a Slocum 43 weighing in at 38,000 pounds in
Hurricane Opal by itself with winds clocked at 147 knots, and the 17 that held a
Kadey Krogen 42 in Hurricane Ivan with winds clocked at 146 knots by itself. The
loads on these anchors were from 9,000 pounds up to 15,000 pounds! Or the smaller
15HD that held four boats by itself in Galveston Bay in winds up to or exceeding 60 knots!
The cost of the Super Max anchors was another reason to downgrade them according
to PBR/PS testers and editors. It costs a lot of money to produce a