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Hello I have an A100 Aluminium that I used during hurricane Ivan in Pensacola Fl. …. That night I set my boat on the hook using a Spade A100 and 150 ft of 5.16 chain,…
We had 27 other boats in the safest Moorage in Pensacola…. that night the winds reached 155mph then the eye passed over us and it was dead calm,… and the the other side of the storm blew at 140mph at this time all the boats turned 180 degrees and this is when the…. hit the fan,…. in the morning the only boats left in the bayou,…. was mine and one other boat using the same Spade Anchor,….25 boats were not there,….
I know that I will always use these anchors on my boats,…. I have a 40 ft sea – ray… and a 28 Wellcraft,…. My insurance company loves you, thanks !

A Austin

Earthquake !!

I promised to send you any interesting incidents we encountered when using our new Spade 100 anchor on our Moody 46 in the Mediterranean.

On the night of Wednesday May 21st., the night of the Algerian earthquake, we were securely anchored in the cove of Porto Petro on the south east coast of Mallorca in the Balearic Islands in hard sand and sea grass – our most difficult anchoring type of bottom.

At about 21.30 or so the eleven boats in our anchorage started wild gyrations as a bore of water came racing out of the nearby marina. Yachts started tearing past us as they dragged their anchors and then came racing back again as the surge of water came back into the cove (or Cala as they are named in the Balearics) from out at sea.

We found out over the VHF that this frightening happening was caused by the severe earthquake 150 miles away in Algeria. For two hours were were swirled violently in all directions, but, our new Spade 100 held firm and did not drag one iota. We know this as we were monitoring our anchoring position electronically as other yachts dragged all over the place. We could only start the engine and steer around the anchor in order to avoid the other boats most of which were totally out of control.

We came through this frightening night unscathed thanks to our trusty Spade which stood up to its severest test yet, unmoved. Other yachts were not so lucky as we understand since that there was quite a lot of damage in the coves and marinas in the Balearic Islands that night. Hope this information is of interest to you. As far as we could tell we were the only boat using a Spade anchor that night.

Ocean Phantasy
Alcudia Marine, Northern Mallorca
Moody 46


Hi there,

My husband, Martin, spoke to you at the Boat Show this year. Last winter we left our boat, Sapphire (47.5) in Rome. We bought a spade anchor from you at the Boat Show and carried it out there ( before the sports goods restrictions by Ryan Air). We spent 6 months cruising down the Italian coast to the windy Aeolian Islands, Sicily, Southern Italy, Corfu, the Ionian Islands, Athens, Evia Channel, Sporades, Lesvos, Samos, Dodecanese and onto Turkey.

We had always anchored “according to the book”, but sometimes, previously, it took a few goes to get it to take. However,our new Spade anchor was a dream to use and we had an easy mind when it came to anchoring.

One day, in Turkey, we had left Sapphire anchored in the bay amongst 6 or 7 other yachts. We went ashore to use the internet and were fairly oblivious to the squall which had pipped up in the bay. Several boats received extensive damage during this weather. When we returned to our rubber dinghy, it was swamped by the large waves which had broken on the previously quiet shore. All the other boats at anchor had made a run for it. The bottom was a shingle sort of sand. In fact, the gullets had also left the quayside as the winds were causing them damage as they bashed against the concrete quay.

We were only concerned about the dinghy, but the engine still started and, once the winds had died down, we motored back to Sapphire.

We changed our anchorage that evening and returned to a mooring buoy the next morning. By coffee time another yachtsman rowed over. They had been anchored near us at the start of the storm, but their anchor wouldn’t hold as their yacht shifted position. They were amazed that Sapphire had not been washed up and wrecked. We invited the captain on board for a coffee. He came on board and, instead of sitting down in the cockpit, strode meaningfully to the bow of our yacht. He pointed at our spade anchor and announced, “I want one of those!!”.

I didn’t think that there would be an anchor in which I could be so confident. Should you want an agent in Turkey I would be happy to recommend the Spade anchor to anyone.

Thank you

Gill Veale

Damn, they’re expensive! but when you see one, you can see why: They’re works of art with a lot of tooling.
The Spade dug right in and held against anything the prop could throw at it, including simulating 180 degree windshifts. Yes, the Spade’s become our primary anchor….

Jere Lull

I have a 66 lb spade in aluminum and have never dragged. It is super 45 foot trintella, dsp ~35,000 lbs. It brings up half the harbor when I bring it up, so I see why it holds.

Mr Stark

I’ve been using a 30kg=66lb galvanized steel Spade anchor for two years now. It’s fabulous. Used throughout the Bahamas as a single anchor in places many said two. It resets within a few feet at most. Truly great anchor. By far the best anchor so far as my very extensive research / talking with people in the field, etc. can reveal.


We think this anchor is the next best thing to sliced bread! It sets immediately and holds in almost any bottom, including thick kelp. We like the SPADE so much, we now have a 120lb as our bower anchor and a 66lb as our secondary anchor.
We also had a great deal of difficulty anchoring when we first arrived in Norway–the *** we had as primary anchor just could not set in kelp, hard clay or hard sand. When we switched to the SPADE as primary anchor, however, anchoring became a joy again.

John Harries and Phyllis Nickel.

The Ultimate Anchor

I replaced a CQR with a Spade three years ago and am 100 per cent satisfied with the Spade. It holds exceptionally well, much better than the ***. Also, I have watched others drag whilst we remained firmly in place. The Spade has always remained firmly set in all conditions although the highest wind speed I have experienced has only been gusting 40 knots.

My wife and I have carried a 22kg Spade Anchor aboard our yacht for more than four years and 11,000 miles of international cruising, and we consider it to be the ULTIMATE anchor! It launches more easily, sets faster, holds better, breaks out more quickly and stows more conveniently than any other anchor we own.

James Hancock
SV Solstice

Alain, I would just like to thank you for inventing such a great anchor.I have a 35 foot racing/cruising catamaran, a Tek 35, and a few years back, when equipping the new vessel, I ordered two 15 pound spade aluminum anchors, to keep the weight on the boat to a minimum. I put them on 20 feet of chain, and then 5/8″ line. I always dig them in using the boats backwards momentum, as I cannot generate any appreciable pull using my motor. They always catch and hold, and this is a good thing, as I am singlehanding with my 5 and 8 year old sons for my only crew. As I often like to anchor in close quarters, either with other boats or rocks nearby, a missed set with an anchor would lead at best to a serious scramble to keep out of trouble and at worst to damage! Their holding power has also been useful when a 55 foot powerboat drifted down on us, or when we sat out Hurricane Isabel I write this sitting out 25 knot winds (for a week!) in the Bahamas, the second time this winter we have had such extended times of strong wind. We have gone to help other boats who have dragged, but are secure in knowing we are staying put.


I was impressed with the small galvanised SPADE, in particular the “spade” shape which is designed to penetrate and lock into the soil, compared with the “plow” shape of the *** and ***** anchors which are designed to move through the ground. I have nothing but praise for this 20 kg Spade anchor. It has almost invariably penetrated immediately (I motor back very slowly at first to give the point to go down into increasingly harder seabed) and with one exception over the past 3 years it has held our full reverse power of 140 hp through a 600 mm 3 bladed Gori prop. The single exception was in a marina in New Caledonia where I knew the bottom was of very soft mud, but there was still ample holding for engine revs equivalent to around 40 knots of wind.

Obviously one can hold almost any craft in almost any conditions. In our case we have been able to go from a 40 kg ***** to a 20 kg Spade, with a substantially better performance, and a weight saving of 20 kg.

Stuart Young

Hurricane Charley

I wanted to drop you a quick note of thanks. On Friday the 13th of August our little piece of paradise here in Punta Gorda Florida had a visitor from the south. Hurricane Charley came to town as a Cat 4 with sustained winds of over 145 mph and gusts to 200 ! I had prepared our boat ( Lagoon 410 cruising catamaran) by putting out our Model 100 Spade anchor forward, one more line off the bow to a dock across the canal, one off starboard side to a neighboring dock, a 35# *** aft and 4 lines to my dock standing off about 30 feet. Just before the eye got to us, to my amazement my 4 pilings we gone ! ! ! My boat was swinging over and nudging a boat across the canal. When I could see through the rain and wind the other bow line was gone (later to be found cut by debris) The only thing that kept our boat from being a complete loss was your great anchor ! She drug about a hundred feet through the ooze on the bottom until she hit the solid beneath. To give you an idea of how strong the wind was, about 300 feet in front of us a Manta 40 cruising cat was lifted and did a 360 degree roll over the bow and landed on a 26 foot power boat on a lift. They both later sank when blown off by cradle with the wind shift. Oh yes the *** on the back end dragged and let my boat get damaged on the port side with the wind shift. I have about $3500 dollars of fiberglass work, but all else said we were very fortunate, thanks to your great product ! And yes I will be replacing that *** with another Spade in the near future.

Thank you for designing such a great product ! ! !


Paul Marcuzzo
Punta Gorda
FLto dock -N 26° 53.471'W 082° 03.515'to Corona Locker -N 26° 53.472'W 082° 03.516'
Lagoon 410

Our Spade holds us securely in Caleta Beaulieu, in 20m of water at 54.47S 069.37W. We sleep very well with it and it has served us all the way through the Chilean Canales. In the next month it will have the chance to taste the waters of Cape Horn!
A friend of mine, Peter Skillen, also has an Amel , Pure Magic, which he took to Antarctica last month and is now en route to S Georgia, with his Spade on my recommendation. Very pleased , not least with its performance on the rocky bottoms of Antarctica.

Ian and Judy Jenkins,
Pen Azen

Last May we had 14 days of force 8/9 winds and 8 of these were spent swinging at anchor. The SPADE never faltered and we felt very confident in it in such conditions.

Theresa & Mike