- The Spade Anchor -
- A Problem that is Resolved -
The Spade anchor works great in our experience, just like the tests indicate. We have been using our aluminum A80 version of the Spade Anchor constantly for 7 years, since 2004 in New Zealand.
It's been our primary anchor since Chrissi flew in with it from the States - ah, the advantages and pleasures of lightness! At only 7 kilos, it's been perfect for our 3 ton, low windage high-performance trimaran. We've loved it for its quick sure sets, good holding, easy storage and general ease of use.
But there was a problem, at least with our older Aluminum version of the Spade. The internal balast near the tip that makes it work so well was corroding away the aluminum body of the anchor! See the photos below.
We had to test the Spade anchor lifetime warantee because it is was failing us catastrophically. Happy to say, Sea Tech and Fun respected the warantee and went out of their way to make sure we were happy at our long remove from their company - half way around the world in Borneo!
And this one:
The Problem that was resolved:
In these photos you can see how the old anchor was eating itself.
Our aluminum Spade A80 anchor
Spade Anchor Problem? Yes. This old version suffered electrolysis problems.
How long will it be before the body of this Spade anchor will explode?
Happily this problem has been addressed by Spade and
AND THEY DID!! THANKS.
More Yachting Equipment - good and bad - coming soon.