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June 2006

Para-anchor source
Many folks have asked us about sources for BOURD type surplus military chutes such as the one we use for our para-anchor. Over the years these have become harder and harder to find. Most folks will probably have to purchase commercially built gear for their boat. We are trying to take a look at the para-anchors being manufactured specifically for this purpose. As we do we will let you know our findings.

We are not endorsing or recommending any particular company, just letting you know what we actually see. But at the moment, We feel the Coppins para-anchor described below is the one we would buy if we could not find a BOURD as it looks like the strongest one currently being manufactured (the BOURD would probably be similar to it in strength).

Just before we left New Zealand last month we inspected the para-anchors made by W. A Coppins and were definitely impressed with the strength and careful construction. His price are good and as his company has been building these for 40 years (mainly for the fishing fleet, but more recently for yachts), they know how to handle overseas orders. Their 2.5 meter (9 foot diameter) para-anchor with no bells and whistles (i.e. none of the special storage bags, nor their special rode or extras) sells for New Zealand $579, (the equivalent right now of $325.00 US). This is the size we would choose for our boat and probably for boats up to 38 feet. You can look at their website for more info www.wacoppins.co.nz. We would not be interested in buying the rode or floats he lists as options, just the barebones para-anchor, as almost all of us already have sufficient anchor line on board - line of a size that would more easily fit the snatch blocks required for the pennant lead.


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