By Ben Ellison
One component of the truly novel Anchor Alert system is a rugged bronze pod that contains both a motion sensor and an acoustic transmitter (actually three transmitters to account for all the ways the pod might settle on the bottom). Installed between your anchor and chain, the system can wirelessly monitor actual anchor motion, keep a history, and set off an alarm if the movement exceeds a user-set level. That’s in contrast to GPS-based anchor alarms that sometimes sound off falsely due to a boat’s harmless swinging. The Anchor Alert can also measure the distance between boat and anchor, helpful when setting it or getting underway. I’m not sure if there will be a big demand for this product at $1,295, but it’s certainly a technological achievement (which worked just fine in my testing) and apparently just the beginning of developer Ascend Marine’s pioneering line.
Ascend Marine Phone: (865) 671-1000. www.ascendmarine.com.
This article originally appeared in the March 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.