Originally Posted by eherlihy
The biggest challenge with this anchor was retrieving it, until I rigged a 35' retrieval line to attachment B in the photo below;
There is a very, very easy alternative to this. I see all too often folks trying to break anchors free with their brute and muscles. while this might have worked okay on a CQR it does not work on the newer anchors.
1- Retrieve rode by motoring forward on it and collecting it as the boat moves towards the anchor.. Let the boat do the work.
2- Once you get close to 1:1 scope SNUB the rode and let the boat break the anchor from the bottom. With the Rocna, Spade, Manson Supreme or Mantus this may require a trip back to the cockpit to put it in gear.
3- Once the anchor is free from the bottom and the boat did 90% of the work the last 10% is on you to raise it the 10-20 feet to the roller... Simple!!!
We have a windlass and rarely if ever use it. I let the boat do all the work including breaking the anchor free. As a last step I often slowly drag the anchor below the water to clean it before hoisting it the rest of the way.
As for the OP there is one part missing in all this. A dragging un-set anchor is very often dragging on the surface of the sea floor. A properly set hoop style anchor, in most bottoms, will have the hoop completely buried. Diving on ours I have yet to see the hoop... Fouling your rode is far more likely than threading a needle in a haystack..