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Old 01-06-2015, 06:29 PM   #1
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Anchor ball?

I'm getting too old to hoist the anchor these days,
Do any of you other fella's ever use or have those anchor balls with the big stainless ring to lift the anchor?
I'm thinking about trying one out cause I can't afford a windless and they take too long anyway!
I have seen the anchor ball used before on a friends boat to lift the anchor,
He clipped the ring and bouy around the anchor line then put the boat in gear and got up on plane and made a wide turn, and up pops the anchor.
Looked easy enough, my only problem with the idea is, let's say the anchor was stuck it would seem like that could turn out really bad!
Any body have any experience's with them?
Please enlighten me😁
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Old 01-06-2015, 06:41 PM   #2
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Re: Anchor ball?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hg2stzG86kk
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Old 01-06-2015, 06:48 PM   #3
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Re: Anchor ball?

A few guys I dive with use them regularly. They work well.

I prefer a windlass. I'm lazy.

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Old 01-06-2015, 10:06 PM   #4
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Re: Anchor ball?

My understanding was that anchor balls could be used to retrieve stuck anchors. I have seen it done once before when fishing with an old guide. We hooked up the bouy and ring and drove wide circles around the anchor until it came up.

Another thing would be to just get in the habit of checking that the anchor isn't hung before coming up the line.
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Old 01-06-2015, 10:24 PM   #5
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Re: Anchor ball?

The anchor balls work really well. While we usually use the windlass, we keep the ball as a backup. I wouldn't recommend getting up on plane, however, unless your boat planes at 5 or 6 knots! If you make your run parallel to the anchor line you will unstick a stuck anchor - most of the time, anyway!
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Old 01-06-2015, 11:03 PM   #6
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Re: Anchor ball?

I use one. I also have my anchor rigged breakaway after we were fishing deep and couldn't get it loose. Pulling it up with the anchor ball doesn't "break away" the zip ties that hold the breakaway rig together.

Two thumbs up for anchor balls.
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Old 01-06-2015, 11:06 PM   #7
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Umm I'm 27 and use one lol. It's so much better.
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Old 01-06-2015, 11:24 PM   #8
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Re: Anchor ball?

And I don't know about "making a wide turn". I usually just motor straight at and then on past the anchor. The whole idea is that the anchor embeds facing your bow, so you get it loose by pulling it from the other direction as you motor past. You don't have to go fast, or you're asking for a broken rope or worse.

When the anchor comes free, you do have to go fast enough that the rope slides through the ring and brings the anchor to the surface, but it's not all that fast.

I'm sure the youtube links have some merit, but I'm too lazy to watch right now.
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Old 01-07-2015, 07:42 AM   #9
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Re: Anchor ball?

I have several, have used them for years and love em! A few "tricks": when retrieving, head the boat about 20 degrees off of the ball, your speed should be at a brisk trowlling pace maybe 6-8 knots. Pull the rope until the anchor chain is through the ring and the shank is being held by the ring. That way the anchor will not slip back to the bottom. Once the shank is caught, its an easy chore to bring it to the boat. I am against circleing the anchor. It may bend the shank or flukes and you still have to haul it up and now your is messed up.
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Old 01-07-2015, 09:05 AM   #10
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do not get on plane when pullign anchor
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Old 01-07-2015, 04:03 PM   #11
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Be careful when the anchor is stuck, the stretched line can whip you all over the place when you back off the throttle. I once was pulled back so hard water came over the transom. Add in a small swell from a following sea and you could be in bad shape fast.
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Old 01-07-2015, 04:32 PM   #12
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yep, definitely worth the money. As a side note, a lot of people don't know that you shouldn't use your windlass to hold your boat at anchor. It ruins the bearing quickly if there's any waves whatsoever. An expensive lesson.
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Old 01-07-2015, 05:12 PM   #13
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If you like destroying your spots, go for it
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Old 01-07-2015, 06:04 PM   #14
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If you like destroying your spots, go for it
Hah. You like to anchor in the ledge?
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Old 01-07-2015, 06:09 PM   #15
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Hah thanks for all the input fellas!
I will have to give it a shot and look for a deal on one, they don't look too expensive 50$ or so!
And I defenitly dont anchor on the spots!
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