anchor "STORM" DIY

Discussion in 'Projects & Proposals' started by Bonaparte, Jan 4, 2018.

  1. yusuf
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    yusuf Junior Member

    I will be happy to welcome you when it comes again.
  2. Bonaparte
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    Bonaparte Junior Member

    Post some pictures with galvanized anchor.

    Next time, when I will travel to Turkey, I will contact you. Thank.
  3. Dejay
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    Dejay Senior Newbie

    This is a bit off topic, but could you attach a camera to an anchor?

    I'm watching "Sailing La Vagabonde" and they say they they always dive to see if their anchor is properly set. Nothing fancy, just an action camera / go pro with a power cable and some HDMI cable going to the input of some monitor could work if you can make it watertight. So unlike the test video linked earlier in the thread a camera that stays permanently attached to an anchor and is powered "from above" to check on it. Probably cable length would become a problem.

    EDIT: Thinking about this a bit some PoE underwater camera (power over internet IP camera) would do for this.

    I've also had this idea of an underwater camera, like an underwater drone that you can rotate around and turn on a light. Kind of like an inverse periscope that allows you to marvel at the underwater landscape on a 4k monitor. Of course that is even more involved but with 3D printing and cheap servos and arduino these things become somewhat easier to make now (still lots of work of course). You'd need some kind of glass sphere to put the camera and the rotating jig in and seal it watertight. Maybe the glass from an outdoor lamp would do plus a 3D printed / manufactured lid.

    But how would you fix it to an anchor and deal with the anchor chain and a long cable? Maybe makes no sense to combine the two ideas into one thing.

    I'm a total newbie and my dream of cruising around on my own boat is still far off, but any thoughts on this? I bet this already exists in some form or another.
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  4. Bonaparte
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    Bonaparte Junior Member

    You do not need to dive.
    Anchor can only set or not set.

    You just put engine in reverse gear and you will see if anchor is set.

    If anchor is set and if you have inaf big anchor your boat will not move.

    You can also paint your anchor in yellow and you will see if the anchor is set. If water is clean.
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  5. Bonaparte
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    Bonaparte Junior Member

    Did you galvanised your anchor? Do you have osme photo of final look?
  6. Bonaparte
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    Bonaparte Junior Member

    Tips for safe anchoring
  7. CraigfromCapeTown
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    CraigfromCapeTown New Member

    Well done, this is a fascinating project. Is this the main channel that I can follow the progress?
  8. gonzo
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    gonzo Senior Member

    I still don't believe that claim. It is a typical claw type anchor. When the boat swings with the wind and current the anchor will unhook and hopefully reset. If your claim were true, the anchor will not unhook from the ground, this would be a one-use disposable anchor. Since it will not unhook, there is no way to retrieve it.
  9. Rascallie
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    Rascallie New Member

    Hello Marko, thank you for posting so much information! I am feeling inspired to build a storm anchor!

    I have some skills in the shop, but my friend is the master, and he has all the tools (modern fabrication shop). I'm hoping you might have saved your information, because I see many of your previous posts are deleted (dropbox, etc.). From this site I did get a copy of your 30kg dxf file.

    Do you have other details?

    I require a bigger storm anchor. Maybe 50 kg? My boat is 16.4 m, 18,000 Kg. I would like to use stainless steel.

    A question I have... Do you prefer the welded assembly? I wonder if I can build the same design as the Mantus... but I believe you had a reason to prefer the welded joint. Yes?

    Best regards,


  10. max2035
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    max2035 New Member

    How will it not unhook when the wind reverses direction?
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