The "STEALTH" Anchor - "What A GRIP"!
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How It Works...   HANS "Stealth" Anchor your best friend

On the Seabed:
The "STEALTH" Anchor always lands on one of its four sides ready to penetrate into the sea-bed.  When pulled it quickly flips up to its active GRIP position.  It catches and becomes quickly thoroughly buried in the seabed within approximately 1 - 2 times its length. See Illustrated Tech. # 2.

GRIP Position:  
In this position, the anchor rests on three points with approximately 55% of its total weight on the forward and downward aiming pointed penetrating bill.  When pulled, bottom material is forced into the anchor and onto the somewhat angled centerpiece, forcing it to quickly turn and be horizontally balanced.  When balanced, NO force are acting on either side of the centerpiece..  This feature is especially interesting when the boat veers from wind and current.  See 360 Veering below and Ill. Tech. # 3.

Strong Hold (Compression) (Penetrating Stock):
The "STEALTH" Anchor is designed to provide a completely balanced hold, which ensures total stability with no tendency to break out under extreme load and veering.  All fluke surfaces (penetrating stock) are aimed in the same direction of penetration and the accumulated soil on top of the upper fluke ad weight to the anchor for a deeper set.  When embedded the compression effect between the top- and bottom flukes generates superior holding power. See Ill. Tech. # 2- 11.

The Angle of attack:
can be adjusted with a bolt inserted into the angle adjustment hole in the shank for specific bottom conditions without disassembling the anchor.  The break point is thereby changed from the tip of the fluke to against the bolt, which gives a sharper angle of attack.  This is ideal when large scope ratios, 10:1 or more, shallow waters, is needed as in a distress situation in heavy weather conditions.  For NORMAL use NO bolt should be used.  It is recommended to get well familiar with any anchor to learn and understand its characteristics to perform. 
See Ill. Tech. # 13- 14.

360 Veering and never give up fighting for a secure hold!:
It does not foul or loose its hold when compensating for wind and current changes.  The 360-degrees veering ability is possible because the centered and extended bill sets deep.  When the direction of force changes the "STEALTH" Anchor turns around the embedded bill and tilts slightly, making a bang like an airplane, veering to the new direction of pull to be quickly horizontally balanced again.  It always keeps on fighting and remains imbedded until it is hoisted.  See Ill. Tech. # 19-21.

Easy to Recover - The Advanced Breakpoint:
makes breaking out and hoisting the anchor easy.  The shank, hits against the tip of the upper fluke, advanced breakpoint, and the anchor rotates and breaks out easily  because all the grounding forces lies in the aft of the anchor, the widest part, where the horizontal "axis" of rotation is located.  See Ill. Tech. # 15- 16.

No Fouling: 
Its design eliminates any possibility of being fouled from other objects when embedded.  Therefore it is virtually a NON-FOULING anchor and very safe to use.  See Ill. Tech. # 5- 6.

An anchor should be made of Steel: 
To perform right, an anchor must have necessary weight in water to be able to set quickly and secure.

On the Seabed

GRIP Position

Strong Hold

The GRIP Angle

360 degrees Veering

Easy Recovery

No Fouling