Improvements to the Super MAX Rigid and Pivoting Arm anchors have been made since their introduction into the market.
- The steel used in the fluke and shank has been strengthened to high-tensile strength tool-grade steel. The use of this grade of steel has resulted in no reports of shank or fluke bending or breaking. The Super MAX is the only anchor in the market using this strength of steel.
- The center of balance of both the Rigid Anchor and the Pivoting Arm Anchor has been moved closer to the leading edge of the outside fluke. When the anchor rests on the seabed (prior to setting), if it does not rest directly on the center fluke tine, it will fall to one side or the other. The back end (the area opposite the point of initial insertion) has been modified to allow the outside fluke tine to penetrate easier into the seabed. (figure 1)
- When the anchor rests on its side on the seabed, it’s weight is on the outside edge point of the fluke. With the anchor in this position on its side, the entire weight of the anchor is resting on the anchor rode shackle at the end of the shank and the edge point of the outside fluke tine. As the chain or rode is pulled in setting the anchor, the shank is lifted off the bottom. When that occurs, the weight of the anchor is entirely on that one outside fluke point and the anchor digs in immediately. The anchor then turns upright as it is pulled and all three flukes dig in to the seabed. In comparison, a plow anchor’s leading edge is blunt and its weight allows it to slide over the bottom rather than dig into the bottom (figure 2).
- The center fluke tine has been modified and, after the anchor rotates to a more upright position, the center tine can better penetrate into hard seabeds. (figure 3)
- The Super MAX has a larger concave shape fluke area translating into increased HOLDING POWER (figure 3). In comparison, a plow anchor has much less surface area, reducing holding power (figure 4).
- The angle of attack for the Super MAX Rigid Shank anchor has been set for greater penetration into all seabeds (figure 5).