Rocna anchors are raising the bar of boat-owners' expectations of anchor performance. Recent independent tests by publications such as Cruising World, Practical Sailor, and SAIL show that new-generation type anchors consistently outperform more traditional designs. Picks, claws, and ploughs are a thing of the past, and we are proud to present the most refined and effective – yet affordable – new-generation design: Rocna.
Through careful design, the Rocna does not waste energy with extra lead or cast iron weights, meaning weight is more efficiently used in structural strength and extra blade area (holding power). On a comparable weight for weight basis, this means greater security for cruisers, or a lighter anchor for weight sensitive craft.
On any vessel, one of a skipper's first priorities is his or her anchoring gear. A Rocna means more enjoyable and safer boating, a less anxious crew, and a good night's sleep.
Rocna. Rock Solid.
Say hi to Peter, designer of the Rocna. This sea-dog has been building, racing, and cruising sailing yachts since the early 1960's.
In 1978, Pete walked away from his successful yacht production company Cavalier Yachts to go cruising with his wife Josephine. Thirty-three years and 100,000 nautical miles later, he’s still cruising on his current yacht Kiwi Roa, the result of over a decade of planning and design work.
A boat-builder by trade, Pete built Kiwi Roa over a five-year period to be his ultimate cruising yacht (her design philosophy matches that of the Rocna: bulletproof.)
15m (50') long, she is built from 10mm aluminium alloy plate (up to 25mm in some sections), displaces 27 tons, and is designed to withstand the worst conditions Mother Nature – or man – can throw at her.
Pete, together with Jo and their son Craig, sailed Kiwi Roa from England to New Zealand during the period 1994 – 1998. Although extremely well set-up, Kiwi Roa experienced frequent problems when anchoring. Soft mud areas such as the English East Coast, the Chesapeake, and the Delaware Bay presented particular problems.
Pete had used every type of anchor known to man. Kiwi Roa carried a 110 lb CQR, an 88 lb Delta, and a 110 lb Bruce, but there was always a feeling of insecurity. So, in the New Zealand tradition of do-it-yourself, he built the first Rocna prototype, a 50 kg concept model which was tested during a circumnavigation of New Zealand. It endured hundreds of uses in conditions that included 70 knots on-and-off for ten days in Stewart Island, and 50 knots for two days in Akaroa. While other boats were having anchor trouble, Kiwi Roa did not move.
As word of the Rocna’s formidable holding power spread amongst the cruising community, other sailors started to ask Pete for a Rocna of their own. Rocna anchors are now available in over 40 countries worldwide.
Author Alvah Simon, a long-term American sailor who now lives in New Zealand, has recently featured Rocna designer Peter Smith in his Boating NZ column.
Between a Rocna and a hard place