An anchor is one of the most important pieces of safety gear you can own. Something as simple as a change of tide or wind direction can cause some lower-quality anchors to drag (move). That is disconcerting enough as it is, but if you are in one or more of the scenarios below, a dragging anchor can become downright dangerous:
- In a crowded anchorage, like Thomson’s Bay at Rottnest Island in WA
- In bad weather, such as during a storm
- In a remote location, far away from help
- With less scope (a ratio of the length of an anchor rode from the bit to the anchor shackle vs the depth of the water under the bow of the boat, measured from deck height) than you would like
For that reason, a Rocna anchor will deliver the best night’s sleep you can get on a boat. The original Rocna anchor was designed by Peter Smith – an experienced sailor from New Zealand who has been building, racing, and cruising sailing yachts since the early 1960’s. With over 150,000 nautical miles of cruising, Peter experienced the same anchoring problems that are still prevalent today – needing to carry a variety of anchors to suit various seabeds, yet still the anchors dragged, and boaters felt insecure.
He designed the Rocna and then Vulcan anchors to solve these problems once and for all. “Your anchor should provide you and your crew with reliability, security, and confidence,” says Peter. That’s why their anchors are easy to use, set instantly on most seabeds, and provide rock-solid holding power for ultimate peace of mind. “Your anchor should provide you and your crew with reliability, security, and confidence,” says Peter.
The Rocna is a Super High Holding Power (SHHP) type anchor. During seabed testing for classification, Rocna anchors exhibited the highest holding power of any anchor that classification society RINA had ever certified. Indeed, Rocna consistently returns top results in both objective and independent testing. Since its launch in 2004, the Rocna has led worldwide anchor tests as published in the likes of SAIL, Yachting Monthly, Practical Boat Owner, Voile, and others. Because of the Rocna’s reliable and convincing performance against its competition, Rocna is trusted to be rock-solid in the real world.
The Vulcan anchor was the first major design development since the launch of Rocna anchor itself. Following on the success of the Rocna, designer Peter Smith was often approached by customers seeking to experience the exceptional holding power and setting performance of a Rocna, but who had difficulties accommodating the roll-bar design on their bow. After years of testing and development, Peter came up with an evolved design that meets the needs of those customers – the Vulcan.
The Vulcan is best described as the ‘little sister’ of the Rocna. It is carefully designed to offer the greatest possible compatibility across a wider range of vessel bow configurations, particularly powerboats with a bow pulpit. The omission of a roll-bar along with a carefully designed shank profile ensures a snug fit on the bows of a widely expanded range of vessels. Platforms, bowsprits, prods, stays, and other protrusions are easily cleared with no hassle or inconvenience.
Each Rocna anchor comes with a LIFETIME WARRANTY against both breakage and bending in addition to manufacturing defects.