My intent is to share real-life experiences with the Rocna anchor
in this thread. Please do NOT use this one to debate the merits / disadvantages of one anchor
as compared to another, as there are numerous threads already debating that topic.
So let me be first (my thread - I get to go first
) to share my experience:
: US suppliers seem to be scarce. I called the Vancouver
distributor and was told that they now have an east-coast supplier. Azure Marine
in Pembrooke Pines (Miami) Florida
. Turns out that Azure Marine
is not a brick-and-mortar operation but is a web-based storefront. Having said that, they were a pleasure to deal with and kept me well informed of my order status, etc. They also allow pick-up from their warehouse if you are local and wish to avoid shipping
charges. So IMO - thumbs up for this supplier.
Size / Quality: I ordered a Rocna
20kg for our Manta
. I was satisfied with the anchor's construction. Nothing to go ga-ga over but it is a well-made piece of galvanized metal. Its design fits into my bow roller with no problems and the tip of the blade is a couple of inches away from the fiberglass
when fully housed (hawsed actually).
- Set: I've anchored about 8 times now in mainly mud bottom conditions. It has ALWAYS set for me the first time, but is sensitive to short-scope. I have a tendancy to set short scope
first, knowing that paying out the extra 20ft of my bridle
will get me within the desired 5 - 7 times water depth scope
. (Yes I have been in shallow water
anchorages). I'm learning
to let out a bit more initially now as I get used to my ground tackle & boat
behavior. Anyway, once this thing is set I have never seen it budge.
- Veering: We anchored ahead of a frontal system on at least 2 occasions. We swung about 270 deg the first time, and 190 deg the second. Winds kicked up to 25 - 30 knots. I never saw the anchor give up its hold and reset. I should also say I have an all-chain rhode of 5/16 chain.
- Retrieval: We have a Lighthouse 1501 windlass
. Twice now I've had to really take a strain to break free, and in my mind that's a good thing. Nothing outrageous, but it takes a lot more to break the Rocna free as compared to the Fortress
FX-37 I had been using.
Clean-Up: Since it digs in so well, you might imagine that it comes up dirty - and it does. Lucky me with a broken wash-down pump
..... One minor gripe is the the ends of the "rollbar" get packed with mud and take a strong water stream to clear.
I know this does not represent a lot of experience with this anchor as of yet, but so far I am happy with my purchase
. I'm just a consumer and have no financial interest in either Rocna or Azure Marine.
Hope this info is useful to others. I also hope that other Rocna owners can post their experiences in this thread.
Happy sailing... err, Anchoring!