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post #29 of Old 03-22-2013
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Re: Question regarding Rocna Anchor's Roll Bar

Originally Posted by Capt. Grimek View Post
I've been looking at Rocnas on the dock and even though the plow portion looks good, that tall curved roll bar cries out one big concern for me. A friend and local broker said he had the same concerns looking at them.

My question is: When anchored in a blow and less seamanlike owner's boats
are dragging down on your location, aren't those tall semi-circular roll bars
just "begging" for a neighbor's dragging anchor fluke or plow tip to enter, continue dragging enough to pull out your anchor? Or at the least tip it on it's side enough that the neighbor's anchor won't let yours reset?

I can't imagine this not being a risk. Can owners explain why this would not be
of concern?

I've been using a CQR oversized for over 30 years in the Pacific N.W. in trying situations and have no desire to change, but I'm interested in looking over the "new generation" anchors to see what they offer.
That "hoop" on the Rocna raised our eyebrows.

For WA State and B.C. sailors here, it's Nanaimo,B.C./ Newcastle Is. Anchorage that comes to mind primarily. Seen many people drag in a there and many people don't use adequate scope, etc. We haven't ever dragged in 30 years other than 2 initial "trial" sets. It' the other guy I'm worried far ;-)
I just read your Rochna post of nov. 2013. Strange but true, this actually happened to me yesterday, English Harbor, Antigua. I watched a charter group come into the anchorage. They dropped 60 feet in a 20 ft. water depth. Catamaran, lagoon 40. They started to drag and as they raised their anchor they violently did a swing to starboard. I had my sights on them and lo and behold up came my Rochna anchor. Lucky for me I had 180 feet of chain out from the boat and I did not move. Their anchor had dragged right through the roll bar and had locked in place. It took 4 people, two in dinghies, to disentangle the anchors. This is the first time in 3 years this has happened. It is a real risk and not to be diminished. Mine is a 55 lb. Rochna, and it came up nicely!
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