FAQs

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"What is the proper anchor set to buy for my needs?"  

We will be offering sets in many varieties based on strength, application, and the environment of intended use.  All sets will come with a telescoping applicator assembly.  We will have sets with one, two, three (standard boat), or four disc (pontoon or large raft) and load line assemblies (based on how many you will need for your anchoring application). 

Pontoons and rafts require four, standard boats require three, and others require two or one.  Also, our sets will come in 3 load ranges:  Light Duty (50 pound each), Heavy Duty (75   pound each), and Ultra Heavy Duty (100 pound each).


"What does the load line rating mean?"

Load lines are available in 3 different sizes.  Light duty-50 pound, heavy duty-75 pound, and ultra-heavy duty-100 pounds.  The pound rating for each line represents the amount of pulling force required to reach the maximum intended travel of the line. 

At this point, the safety encasing of the line will assume the load of the line and allow the anchor to safely fail under over-loaded conditions without suffering equipment failures. 

Suction discs are intended to be set to a value slightly greater than the attached load line rating to ensure full load line travel without causing an anchor failure.


"Why is there a depth gauge?"  

When installed properly, our anchors are both predictable and extremely powerful.  Set too shallow and you risk pulling an anchor under normal operating conditions.  Set too deep and you run the risk of breaking ropes or hardware if you reach the maximum travel of the load line. 
Also, deeper set depths make anchor removal more difficult.  Proper use of the depth gauge ensures that you have a precise set every time, hence our slogan, “Set it and forget it”.


"Can I use this anchor system in deep water?" 

Although there are plans for a deeper water application in the works, initially these will be hand installed sets.  In the event you traditionally dive to set your anchor, these will still function as well in deeper water.


"Can I still tie off in groups or lines with the Sandaconda System?" 

I will save the “why would you?” and answer the question.   No, any boat using a scoped anchor line is drifting and shifting with wind and current.  If not tens of feet, at least several feet. 

We recommend using personal judgement as to how much space to give them.  In the future, look for the Sandaconda area of your sandbar and relax with them.


"Will I need to buy any other accessories or equipment, to anchor with the Sandaconda System?" 

No.  Our systems include all line, hardware, and other materials needed to begin immediate use.


"How can such a small anchor hold my heavy/huge boat?"  

The truth is that the weight of any floating vessel would tend to keep it stationary, not move it.  The forces that we are contending against while anchored are primarily wind and current (water motion). 

Mooring standards provide accurate assessments of these anticipated loads.  There are also water level fluctuations (tide/wake) to be compensated for.  Absorbing these fluctuations has always been the role of the angle in traditional scoped anchor line systems. 

Our system utilizes calibrated resistance to allow the motion to exist without having to address the enormous buoyancy capabilities of the anchored vessel.  The absorbed energy of the motion in the load lines helps to return the vessel to it's home position,  thus making the vertical anchor line possible.


"What is “pre-load” and why do we use it?"  

Pre-load is mechanism to ensure that whatever is anchored with our systems remains centered over its’ anchor points while in its’ home position.  Further, proper preloading ensures that the load of the anchored vessel is shared equally amongst all anchor assemblies.  The cumulative pre-load of all anchors determines the energy threshold that must be overcome to move out of home position.  Pre-load is established in our system by tightening our ratcheting rope assemblies a few clicks beyond taut upon initial install.


"Can I use these systems in materials other than sand?" 

These discs are designed specifically to exploit the properties of granular substrates (sand).  Although they have been found to be effective in environments with small amounts of gravel or clay, they are at their best when installed in primarily sand environments.