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Improves the holding power of your anchor
Requires additional anchor line to suspend buddy from bow.
2 versions available:
9kg - for use with rope only
up to 15kg - for use with rope and chain - supplied empty - requires filling with lead shot
Tests done by the Royal Navy on what causes anchors to drag show that:
"if the shank of the anchor has risen 10 degrees off the sea bed, the anchor's maximum holding power is down to 60%. At 15 degrees it is further reduced to only 40% of its maximum holding power" (sourced from the Admiralty Manual of Seamanship Vol.2)
Independent gear test by Editor of Boating World magazine:
"I dived down to see the Anchor Buddy working. The angle change of the rode induced by the Buddy was significant - I estimated it to be between 20 and 30 degrees. The weight was serving as a spring, absorbing the weight of the boat in the gusts and leaving the critical section of the rode leading to the anchor unmoved. I took the Buddy off and dived back down to see the difference. The length of rode on the bottom was some three metres less, but more importantly, the movement of the rode was more pronounced, as was the movement across the bottom as the boat swung - just the things that are likely to pop an anchor in questionable holding. I WAS SOLD!"