Welcome to the forum and for the kind words.
SVB sell the original Wasi stainless steel
Bugel anchor and they also sell this galvanised version. The galvanised version is what I would call a copy (although you could argue that Wasi were just one producer of the design).
As you note, these Bugel copies are very inexpensive. This one is almost half the price
of the same sized Delta
which itself is quite an inexpensive anchor.
Despite its very low price this model has apparently been independently certified certified as high holding by SBG Seeberufsgenossenschaft. However, I place little value in these bits of paper.
The Bugel is a very simple design. The lack of complex geometry means there is less chance of mistakes
. In addition, the original anchor was not designed to be produced with hi tensile steels, so it is a hard design to stuff up if you are producing a copy.
However, I would not buy one of these anchors unless I could inspect it personally checking the geometry, material thickness and balance against an original. I would also have a close look at the welds.
There are some measurements in the Wasi catalogue, but it is a popular anchor in Europe
and you are better to examine an original yourself.
German brochure here:
Or Page 19 of the larger download.
As you won't be able to inspect the anchor you are getting yourself, I would pass on the Bugel and get the second hand Delta. The other bargain anchor to consider is the Kobra
2. This is convex plow anchor like the. Delta, but the longer thinner blade and lighter shank give it slightly better performance than the Delta. In most countries it is significantly cheaper than the Delta. The SVB catalogue lists the price price half way between the Delta and Bugel copy. With new galvanising this may be a better buy than a second hand Delta.
Both the Delta and the Kobra
are still good anchors. As you have no doubt seen from the underwater photos, there is a gap between these good anchors and the performance of the top anchors, but there are many happy users of both the Delta and the Kobra.