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Spearfishing off the southwest tip of Fishers Island, NY I found an anchor twice, IIRC. They were stuck in piles of boulders, right where the fish hang out.
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Bene actually my thinking was that the rode would be disconnected from the bow. Otherwise yeah, the ring system isn't actually doing anything. The mechanical system should be a counterweight balancing the stuck anchor at a ring. I picture the two sections of chain hanging down parallel from the ring.

Maybe that's not what the makers intend, but it's the only way I can think of using the thing.

I agree that the traditional approach of mark it and come back later seems just as good.
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I'm convinced there are only two ways to keep people away from a buoy. One, is to use an inflatable or dummy horn mine. Even jetskiers are bright enough to know it might blow up, although they might try to take it home anyway.

The other would be to use a white buoy and just mark it "DANGER - MINE" and explain that as meaning it is MINE and I'm cranky about people touching it.

Or maybe stop down by Mines-R-Us and post the video on YouTube afterwards? (G)
The Authorities would take a dim view of a claim that the anchorage is a mine field... But drunken idiots would still see how close they could come to it without setting it off.

Take a tether-ball paint it black paste three mine type horns on it and maybe put an "Acme Sporting Goods" or "Acme Arms Dealer" sticker on it also. Then float it above your anchor. And when someone comes real close to it. Set off a M-80 fire cracker and watch their pants turn brown.

Whilie Coyote from the Road Runner cartoons would know where to get those stickers.
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M-80? You're showing our age, it is almost impossible to buy those anyplace these days. Easier to mix up your own plastique, following the TSA's own statement that Tang and concentrated peroxide (hair bleach) will do the job.

Tang, who'da thought it was more than a breakfast drink?!
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Obviously Tang was never intended to be a stable compound at sea level.
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Hate to open up this old thread, But.. I had this idea for a long time but never tried it.
I thought of tying a line at the right spot on the anchor for extractinig it, and then tying that line to the chain with light breakable line or tape(?). The line to the anchor would only be about 30' or so, and could be left connected permanently.
Now, in case you get snagged, You would pull on the tripline and break it away from the chain, let the chain loose, then pull the anchor up backwards with the tripline.
Does this make any sense, or am I missing something. Just an idea I had while day-dreaming.

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That's not a bad idea, but don't leave it connected permanently, as the anchor windlass gypsy will chafe the hell out of it... I'd point out that the trip line will need to be at least as long as the water is deep...

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Hate to open up this old thread, But.. I had this idea for a long time but never tried it.
I thought of tying a line at the right spot on the anchor for extractinig it, and then tying that line to the chain with light breakable line or tape(?). The line to the anchor would only be about 30' or so, and could be left connected permanently.
Now, in case you get snagged, You would pull on the tripline and break it away from the chain, let the chain loose, then pull the anchor up backwards with the tripline.
Does this make any sense, or am I missing something. Just an idea I had while day-dreaming.

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Marc, there's a commercial product akin to that idea. They take a chain from the tripline mounting point, to the regular anchor chain, with a little slack and a shear bolt (shear pin) sized for your anchor chain, that now connects to the normal attachment point on the anchor stock.

The idea is elegantly simple. If your anchor is foul, you can come back over it and the shear pin will shear off, so your chain is now connected only to the tripline mount--allowing you to drag the anchor back out from whatever fouled it. In theory.

Saw an ad for this someplace a few weeks ago, no idea where or what the name was, or how well it works in the real world. But, given a shear pin or a couple of shear "links", anyone could rig up an anchor the same way.
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I guess there's something to be said day-dreaming. LOL
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Use of Anchor Ring Retriever

Attn. erps and WheresTheBrakes.
The Anchor Ring Retriever is used to assist in getting the anchor onboard by backing away from an already dislodged anchor, the drag of the large float through the water causes the ring to slip down the anchor rode (nylon etc) to the anchor thus causing the anchor to float at the surface. Allowing the anchor to be retrieved without having to lift it's weight off the sea floor.
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