Originally Posted by Lagoon4us
A 'Transformer' Anchor that senses and accommodates the bottom terrain adjusting its shape from Rocna
to Fisherman in a heartbeat.
Advantages would be fantastic if it could also increase weight as needed, coupled to an automatic scope
adjustment our life would be simple and there would never be another anchor thread!!!!
Hmm ... this degree of perfection could be approached with a bloody big heavy Fisherman with folding flukes, (razor sharp stainless palms, folding stock and a telescopic RHS shank), plenty of Really heavy chain, and a Bloody big hydraulic windlass
. (All living back at the mast
, the first two living in a well going down to the bilge
The top fluke would be free-swinging, so it laid flat on the shank when the anchor was originally set. It would only engage the bottom if the anchor was capsized in a "head over heels" sense. Otherwise it would not foul the chain.
The hydraulic windlass
would have a crossline relief valve, and makeup from an accumulator, meaning no need for a snubber. (Hydraulic absorption of snubbing shockloads)
The anchor gets launched and recovered over the side by the chainplates, using a halyard
, rather than over the bow.
Fringe benefit, in addition to performance approximating the OP's degree of perfection: When you go aground, you run everything over the side, and you float off!
I think of it as versatile ballast. Multihulls, however, need not apply.