FAQs

Why a Bügel Anchor GL • ORIGINAL STANDARD®?

There is no anchor that is better suited for anchoring on all conceivable anchoring grounds.

Wouldn't a curved anchor shaft be more practical?

No. With veering winds and tidal currents, a curved anchor shaft transmits the forces that occur when the boat is swaying differently than with a straight anchor shaft. Thanks to its specialised shaft shape, the BÜGELANKER GL • ORIGINAL STANDARD roll bar anchor holds better under changing winds and changing currents than any other known anchor model.

Are there other anchors with a stronger holding force?

The answer to this question is easy: no. Under real anchoring conditions with waves, a swaying boat and gusts of wind, the straight flukes of the Bügel Anchor GL • ORIGINAL STANDARD® in connection with the straightening bow and the straight anchor shaft, are better than any other anchor shape.

You can read the extensive answer here: basically, the holding forces of modern plough anchors are superior to all flat anchors and even all classic plough anchors with joint. On the one hand, these anchors dig in much faster and more reliably than more classic anchor shapes can do; on the other hand, roll bar anchors as the Bügel GL • ORIGINAL STANDARD and many other modern variants of plough anchors can also be used reliably on rubble and overgrown ground. In the last two decades, several variants of the bow roll bar anchor and the classic plow anchor have emerged, which instead of the straight fluke of the Bügel Anchor GL • ORIGINAL STANDARD® , have a spoon-shaped, arched fluke.

When it comes to holding power between straight and spoon-shaped flukes, the following must be observed: when pulling evenly from one direction, anchors with a spoon-shaped fluke can withstand a higher maximum tensile force. Even tension usually occurs in standardised anchor tests. With real anchoring, the highest tensile forces occur at the vertices of swaying, as well as when the boat is pushed into the anchor chain by waves and gusts of wind. During hard weather conditions-when you need the holding force of your anchor most-very irregular loads occur. In the case of irregular loads with strongly modulated tensile force peaks, spoon-shaped flukes are a disadvantage. Here, the flukes that are directed to the bottom sediment cut into the sediment. This can lead to a sudden anchor release that just seconds ago seemed to be very secure.

Conclusion: Under real anchoring conditions with waves, a swaying boat and strong gusts of wind, the straight flukes of the Bügel Anchor invented by Rolf Kaczirek in connection with the straightening roll bar and the straight shaft are superior to any other anchor shape

How do I choose a correct anchor size for my boat?

To determine the optimal anchor weight, both the weight (water displacement) and the dimensions of the ship can be used. Use the information that we provide for each anchor in our offer as follows: first determine the boat's weight. Then find the anchor that fits this weight specification. Compare the additional information about boat lengths with your boat. If your boat is shorter than or equal to the length specified for the appropriate anchor, you have found the correct anchor size for your boat. Otherwise, order the anchor that matches the length of your boat.

For multi-hull boats, choose an anchor, which is one size heavier.

If you need to anchor during stormy weather in unprotected conditions or in strong currents, you should also choose an anchor, which is one size larger.

How do I anchor correctly with my Bügel Anchor?

As with any other anchor. Quickly lower the anchor to the bottom as the boat slowly moves backwards. In doing so, avoid "burying" the anchor with the chain. Keep on releasing the chain and drive backwards simultaneously until you have used enough of the chain required for the anchoring conditions. Stop the chain and continue reversing until the anchor stops the boat. Wait 30 seconds. Now reverse no less than walking speed for one minute to firmly place the anchor. If the anchor begins to slip, repeat the manoeuvre.

Tip: If there is very soft silt, it is worth waiting for a few minutes before actually placing the anchor firmly so that the anchor can penetrate into deeper and more solid sediment layers.

How does the money-back guarantee work?

Your money-back guarantee is valid 90 days after receiving your anchor. If you are not completely satisfied with your Bügel Anker GL • ORIGINAL STANDARD® roll bar anchor, please contact us and let us know what the problem is. We will try to be of assistance to you when using your anchor, and, at the same time, we will provide you with the address where you can return your anchor. If you decide to send back your anchor, we will refund you the purchase price, including shipping. If we receive the anchor back in a used condition, you only have to pay for the return costs. If the anchor reaches us in a brand-new condition, we will reimburse you up to 35 euros of the costs for the return shipment. Our DeltaAnchor LR DUPLEX is made from mirror polished stainless steel. We can only take it back in mint condition.

How does the lifetime guarantee work?

If your anchor cannot be used any more for anchoring as intended, please contact us. We will take back the anchor for product research purposes and promptly send you an anchor that is as good as new. This guarantee only applies to the original purchaser of the anchor. Otherwise, the standard European 24-month guarantee against manufacturing defects applies. Do not worry: you would be the first customer with a reason for complaining!

How can my anchor be delivered by sailing freighter (for overseas orders)?

You can help the environment and save shipping costs by having your anchor shipped to you completely CO2-neutral by sailing freighter. In this case, the anchor will be delivered to you by a cruiser on your course. Please only choose this option if you can wait at least 6 months for delivery. As a rule, you should receive your anchor much earlier.

Can I pick up my anchor myself?

Each anchor is personally made for you. Of course, you can also personally pick up your anchor in Hamburg, Germany. Please have an appointment confirmed for this.