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When selecting an anchor, research is key. The issue is that there are a lot of anchor test results to wade though. Try to key in on who is paying for the tests, what companies have reps present at the testing, and so on. Many recent tests were paid for directly by anchor manufacturers. Spade Anchor has never paid for testing and still ranks in the top.
Research what materials were used in the manufacturing process. Make sure no Chinese materials were used, as the regulations in China are non existent. This is somewhat tricky as the anchor may be made in another country but the raw materials come from China. No Chinese materials of any kind are used in the production of the Spade Anchor. The Spade Anchor is manufactured in Tunisia with all raw materials supplied from Germany and France.
Take a look at the companies warranty policies. A lifetime warranty from a company that is less than 5 years old does not have the same merit as a warranty from a company that is 25 years old. Spade Anchor has been doing business for over 26 years.
Is the anchor manufacturer an innovator or just a copy? If the company just blatantly rips off designs, then they are very prone to cut corners in manufacturing. Spade Anchor is one of the first concave new generation anchors. Spade anchor is the only anchor available that features a no roll bar design, concave fluke, with a true lead ballast.
Ask your insurance company! Take a look at insurance reports due to an anchor failure. Most anchor companies have over a 100 claims a year due to its failure. Spade Anchor has 1 in 26 years and that claim was unresolved.
How much value do you put on the safety of you and your crew? When your caught in an unexpected gale, the wind and rain crashing down on you while you can barely see your hands and have to drop the hook, at that time do you want to be thinking “I saved $249 on this anchor”?