Cheap Chinese stainless anchors

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  1. sb in gp

    sb in gp Member SILVER Sponsor

    743
    Oct 10, 2006
    Grosse Pointe, MI
    44 Sedan Bridge 2006
    Cummins QSC-500
    My galvanized anchor performs great but looks terrible.

    I'm looking to upgrade to a shiny stainless plow anchor in the same size/weight.

    On ebay I can find Chinese made anchors for 1/2 the price of the brand name anchors with free shipping. A friend has one at my marina, and it looks great. Before ordering I'll double check the dimensions to make sure it fits in my bow roller. I'm in fresh water, so salt is not a problem.

    Anyone have experience with the cheaper Chinese made anchors?

    Thanks,

    Scott
     
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  2. dvx216

    dvx216 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Feb 1, 2012
    orrville,ohio
    2000 310 sundancer 5.7 vdrives






















    n/a
    twin 5.7 300 Hp. V drives
    The way I look at it it's a roll of the dice but considering how important your anchor is maybe this is one thing you should just buy what you know is the best money has to offer.Cheap stainless steel if not done correctly can be brittle or soft neither qualities you went to have in a anchor.
     
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  3. CaptRonn

    CaptRonn Member SILVER Sponsor

    132
    May 25, 2016
    Houston
    1999 Sea Ray 400 Sedan Bridge
    Mercruiser Horizon 8.1 MPI
    "Cheap" and "Chinese"...........No thanks.
     
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  4. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    If I was on the hook overnight, the last thing I would want to be thinking about is whether or not my anchor is a quality anchor and whether it would break in the middle of the night. I'm sure there are reviews out there that state "I have one and it's worked fine for me". But there's too many variables in personal reviews (and too many inconsistencies in manufacturing of knock-off products). The only way I would consider it is if there was independent testing (lab-type testing) done on the anchor to compare it with known-good anchors. Of course, this is all an opinion, but for me... considering how important an anchor can be and how often (as in NOT often) you buy an anchor, I would just buy one that is known to be of good quality.

    On the other hand, if all you do is day anchor in secluded spots - then I would consider it. BUT... I would carry the original anchor onboard and make sure to have tools to change it if I got caught somewhere and needed to rely on it for safety. That could save you some money, but create a hassle in that you have to change the anchor while out... possibly a nasty situation if it's rough and your engines quit.
     
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  5. fwebster

    fwebster Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    Middle Tennessee ; Panama City Beach, FL
    1996 450DA
    3116 Caterpillars
    Your post doesn't specify what type of anchor you have, but if it is a Hi-Tensile Strength Danforth, the manufacturer guarantees them for life.

    http://www.danforthanchors.com/warranty.html

    There are some limits, however. After ±12 years in saltwater, anchoring nearly every day, shabby under-describes the appearance of our anchor. We even have hunks of the galvanizing flaking off. The folks at Tie Down Engineering were very agreeable, but the warranty limits were a problem for me. You pay the freight both ways, plus you must send you anchor in for them to evaluate so you are anchor-less while the warranty process is happening. Given the freight cost for a 45lb anchor 2 ways and being unable to anchor the boat for 2+(?) weeks, I just decided to replace the anchor with an aluminum Fortress anchor.

    At any rate, that may be an option you may wish to consider.
     
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  6. sb in gp

    sb in gp Member SILVER Sponsor

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    Oct 10, 2006
    Grosse Pointe, MI
    44 Sedan Bridge 2006
    Cummins QSC-500
    Thanks frank. I believe the anchor is the original equipment. Not sure if Searay uses Danforth? It is discolored but otherwise intact. I’ll call them and see what they say.
     
  7. Fly'n Family

    Fly'n Family Member

    525
    Sep 19, 2013
    TX / CO
    2002 Cruisers Yachts 3870
    2003 Boston Whaler Sport 130 w/40 hp Merc
    Twin 425hp Crusaders
    Grew up living by the motto "you get what you pay for"......and it seems to hold true almost every time.
     
  8. Sprint7TW

    Sprint7TW Member SILVER Sponsor

    483
    Nov 30, 2011
    Indiana
    1998 310DA / Vintage 1976 StarCraft Montego.
    5.7 Mercruiser 260HP v drives
    http://www.anchoring.com
    Try here. I have bought a couple of anchors from them and I am very satisfied with the quality.
     
  9. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer
    2X 454 w/ vDrives
    I have one. I replaced the standard Danforth with a stainless 35lb claw style. Works really well and is very well constructed. If that thing ever breaks or bends then my boat has been hit by a freighter. Claw style are pretty simple though, with only one welded area.
     
  10. SteveRuss

    SteveRuss Member

    156
    Jan 25, 2011
    Amityville, New York
    2000 280 Sunsport
    Twin 5.7L EFI w/Bravo I Drives
    I bought one from some marine parts depot. Not sure if it was a Chinese company or not but this has been the best holding plow anchor I have ever used. I've had it about 8 years now and it still has a great shine and no issues. 27LB was about $250 versus over a thousand for a SS Delta.
     
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  11. northern

    northern Well-Known Member

    Jan 17, 2007
    West coast Vancouver to Alaska
    380 Aft Cabin 1989 GPS and Charts by Nobeltec
    Twin 454 strait shaft
    There are various grades of stainless steel. As some pointed out to me It is Stain Less not Stain Free.
     
  12. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    Frank, I had a trusty 20H on my old (300 Sundancer) boat and loved it. Friend bought a brand new 20H and it was not the same quality as mine.
     
  13. northshore

    northshore Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 17, 2011
    Cleveland, OH
    1989 340 Sundancer
    Raymarine E90W Radar/Chartplotter
    Twin 454 Mercruiser 340's
  14. Cocktail Time

    Cocktail Time Member SILVER Sponsor

    521
    Jul 9, 2007
    Lake Lanier, GA
    1998 400 Sundancer, Garmin 840xs GPS, Furuno RDP-110, B&G GPS pilot etc.
    Cat 3116's, Westerbeke 7.6kw
    If you are replacing just because of discoloration, I would highly recommend having it blasted and powder coated. I had mine done this spring and anchored quite a bit in rocky bottomed Lake Lanier. It looks great and was only $100. I will share a photo asap.
     
  15. Sprint7TW

    Sprint7TW Member SILVER Sponsor

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    Nov 30, 2011
    Indiana
    1998 310DA / Vintage 1976 StarCraft Montego.
    5.7 Mercruiser 260HP v drives
  16. sb in gp

    sb in gp Member SILVER Sponsor

    743
    Oct 10, 2006
    Grosse Pointe, MI
    44 Sedan Bridge 2006
    Cummins QSC-500
    Discoloration is part of it. I also like the bling look of having a chrome anchor. Look forward to seeing your pics.
     
  17. importmonkey

    importmonkey Opinionated Member SILVER Sponsor GOLD Sponsor

    631
    Jul 9, 2015
    Middle River, MD
    2007 44 Sundancer
    QSC 500s

    2 days isn't long enough to convince the admiral we absolutely NEED a SS anchor, and that those prices are a steal!
     
  18. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer
    2X 454 w/ vDrives
    Those prices are not a steal really. The pre-sale prices are too high. The sale price for the 15kg version I have is US$399. I paid less than that in Canada and we always par more than the US prices up here.
     
  19. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Active Member

    673
    Jun 5, 2017
    Chattanooga TN/Dickson TN
    1998 SeaRay 290 Sundancer
    Twin EFI 5.0L w/Alpha 1 drives
    Could aways see if there is a hot dipped galvanizer in your area and have it cleaned up and redipped...... or clean it up really good and buy some metal paint in a shiny silver finish and paint it and see how that comes out.
     
  20. Cocktail Time

    Cocktail Time Member SILVER Sponsor

    521
    Jul 9, 2007
    Lake Lanier, GA
    1998 400 Sundancer, Garmin 840xs GPS, Furuno RDP-110, B&G GPS pilot etc.
    Cat 3116's, Westerbeke 7.6kw
    Sorry for the delay but here is a picture of the powder coated anchor I had done. My chrome was peeling off and looked like crap. I bought a chrome plow that was awesome for $250, but the shank did not sit correctly. The blasting and powder coating cost $100 and he had tons of different textures/colors.
     

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