April 2013 Issue
Bends and Breaks: Anchor Shank Strength
Are current anchor test methods looking closely enough at shank strength?
As more and more anchor-makers source their materials and move their fabricating offshore, Practical Sailor has been fielding an increasing number of questions about anchor quality. Is the tensile-strength steel used to fabricate anchors consistent with the application? Is anyone actually measuring shank strength? And how much does it matter? At the heart of this discussion is shank strength. There seems little point in having a high holding-capacity anchor, if the shank isnít strong enough to cope with projected loads.
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