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Found a 2003 catalogue that gives a description of how it''s supposed to work. The float is attached to the anchor line with a 5.5" steel bail, held shut with a carabiner. Powering off at an angle, after the float is attached, causes the float to submerge, due to a combination of the vectors of the anchor line, the boat''s movement, and the lifting force of the buoy. When the float gets down to the anchor, the ring slips over the anchor stock, and lifts it off the bottom. ( This might not work well with a Fisherman type anchor.) When you see the buoy surface, reel it in.
It looks like you could put together your own one of these, using a buoy and a ring of your own. A really big shackle might serve as a trial ring, to see if it works in your situation. In my first tests I would use a lot of scope on my anchor line, so as to try to increase the vectors for getting the thing to submerge. In the meantime, I''ll pull up my anchor by hand.