The designer of Rocna anchor, Peter Smith, was spotted at a marina near Vancouver testing new anchors on powerboats. The new anchor seems like Rocna’s first major design development since the 2005 launch of the Rocna anchor itself. Witnesses said that the new anchor is suspected to be designed to offer the greatest possible compatibility across a wider range of vessel bow configurations, particularly powerboats with a bow pulpit.
The original Rocna has set the bar for the highest performance and consistency of behaviour when put to the test both by a worldwide array of users and in numerous independent tests. Despite the great success with its extraordinary holding power and setting performance, some consumers had difficulties accommodating the roll-bar design on their bow. The new anchor would be a perfect alternative anchor choice for powerboaters.
From the pictures that were captured, the new anchor design features a unique combination of shank and fluke geometry – including a roll palm at the rear of the fluke – which is supposed to self-right the anchor on the seabed without the use of either a roll-bar or a large mass of inefficient tip ballast. This development could permit a larger fluke surface area than other designs on the market that rely on dedicated tip weight, directly equating to more holding power and security on a weight-for-weight basis.
It is believed that 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. The shank shape should also encourage self-launching and self-righting on retrieval on the majority of bow rollers, ensuring ease of use for all operators.