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Old 04-19-2017, 07:13 PM   #1
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Anchor alarm

I'm looking to purchase an anchor alarm. I would sleep better with it when anchored.

I know nothing about them. Advice?
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Old 04-19-2017, 07:16 PM   #2
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Your GPS plotter may already have one.
"Drag Queen" works on your cell phone, is popular, and free.
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Old 04-19-2017, 07:19 PM   #3
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Old 04-19-2017, 08:31 PM   #4
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I Second the suggestion for trying Drag Queen. It works pretty well for us.

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I'm looking to purchase an anchor alarm. I would sleep better with it when anchored.



I know nothing about them. Advice?


As was mentioned, check your plotter they are often built in. Then there are any number of apps for iPhone or Android that will work great. If you use a phone or tablet, you just need to double check that your phone will still receive the GPS satellites in the cabin or that's you can hear the alarm.

I used one last Sunday while we were anchored for a short stay while we ate our on board Easter Brunch. Worked great.
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I prefer one in the chart plotter or other device connected to the boat's GPS rather than rely on a phone GPS with questionable accuracy and reception when below decks.
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Old 04-19-2017, 09:23 PM   #8
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I prefer one in the chart plotter or other device connected to the boat's GPS rather than rely on a phone GPS with questionable accuracy and reception when below decks.
I know of someone who might disagree, but is not around at present.
And Gaston, there are probably times when searching Drag Queen could have predictable but disconcerting results.
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I agree with BruceK 100%, I use both in conjunction. My chart plotter Garmin, has an extra buzzer near by bunk that real loud.
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Old 04-19-2017, 10:01 PM   #10
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Drag Queen on an I-device paired with a Bad Elf GPS-Pro works well if you can leave both units plugged in.
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Our chartplotter alarm isn't loud enough, especially when the generator is running. I've tried Drag Queen, but it's just not for me. We use Anchor Watch, and love it.
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Upgrade your anchor to an oversized new Gen type.
Near a year anchored every night and haven't dragged yet evening 80+ knots
I sleep like dead in pretty much anything.
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Simi 60: What brand and size anchor are you using?
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I have used this anchor alarm for three season now. Loud alarm, easy to set when lowering the hook and place in any room of the boat. Check it out.
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Old 04-20-2017, 07:52 AM   #15
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Our chartplotter alarm isn't loud enough, especially when the generator is running. .....
With a Garmin, you can add an external alarm. I would be surprised if other brands didn't have this feature as well.
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Have used an old copy of Nobeltec on an old netbook for years as my anchor alarm. Netbook is powered by a DC cord, and is set to turn off the screen after one minute. I have attached external USB powered speakers. Easily wakes me if it goes off. Low power drain.

I am planning on experimenting with either Drag Queen or Anchor watch as a secondary system as I would like an alarm that would text, or email me when I am off the boat.
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I installed the 'Drag Queen' app on my phone. A short time later, my wife came up to me with a "WTF is This????!!!! Do we need to talk??" LOL.

Any Chart Plotter released in the last 10 years should have an anchor alarm setting on it as well. Note that Drag Queen on your phone starts going off as soon as you go on a dingy ride.
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I think they covered it, but would add the cell phone apps use a good amount of power so connected to external power source is recommended.

For those that use the external alarm off Garmin, is that a powered output or just a relay/contact closure? Thanks!
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Simi 60: What brand and size anchor are you using?
Manson supreme 150lb and all chain.
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Manson supreme 150lb and all chain.
Is this the best anchor?

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