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Old 04-24-2019, 04:03 AM   #1
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A Non-Swivel Anchor "Swivel"

There have been many threads and posts over the years about the virtues and vices of anchor swivels. Perhaps a fair summary would be "if you must use one, make sure it is one of the few good ones".

I used one of the supposed 'good ones', an Ultra swivel, for many years with my SUPER SARCA anchor. It worked perfectly 8 times out of 10, though there was always a degree of banging around during retrieval. 2 times out of 10, despite the swivel I'd have to drop the anchor a couple of feet and re-retrieve to put it away properly.

I recently had occasion to re-gal my anchor and 110m (360') of 3/8 BBB chain, replace older shackles with new load-rated ones, remove and service my Lofrans Falkon windlass, etc I decided to replace the swivel with a "Flip Link", a solid flat bar device offered as a swivel alternative by AnchorRight, the same company that makes the SARCA anchors. You can see it here and in the photo of my own installation attached below.

I have used the FlipLink now for about 30 cycles over 6 days and I'm very pleased and impressed. Not only has every retrieval seen the anchor come up cleanly and perfectly aligned every time, there is none of the banging around that I'd become used to with my swivel. The manufacturer says the solid flat bar is stronger than the chain itself with no moving/wearing parts (unlike swivels). For the record, I have no affiliation with the manufacturer and I understand another leading anchor manufacturer (Spade or ??) make a similar product. Just wanted to report my experience thus far to the TF community.

(In the photo of my install, you may notice I am using standard cable ties in place of stainless wire to mouse the shackles. This was recommended by a couple of people on TF who like me were sick of broken/sharp wire ends. Too early yet for me to comment on the longevity of the cable ties in this application and we are checking them after every cycle....but no signs of wear thus far.)
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Old 04-24-2019, 05:21 AM   #2
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I'm interested in the device. Amazing Grace has been on the hard this winter, we were cleaning out the anchor locker so the anchor was lowered to the ground. It had a swivel attaching it to the chain (I don't know whose nor did Zimmerman's in Deltaville). The yard manager called me and sent pictures of the swivel expressing some concern about its durability, advising us to keep an eye on it. Well, when the anchor was raised the bolt holding the swivel together snapped, rusted (low grade stainless?). We determined it was not original equipment and Zimmerman's is installing a new one. The pics are one the office email and will post later. If it was going to break; and it was (did), it couldn't have been a better time. Being "anchored" in the yard, we didn't drift into another boat or some other obstruction.

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Old 04-24-2019, 09:23 AM   #3
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And, you didn’t loose your anchor.
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Old 04-24-2019, 09:41 AM   #4
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The design of the shank on the Spade makes it self righting without a swivel or link. But I think Manson or Ronca is making a bent link as well. They aren't exactly a new idea, Osulati has been selling a SS one for at least a decade.
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