Para Anchors

SAF10XX para anchors 400pxA Para Anchor is designed to provide sufficient power to hold the bow of a vessel head to wind in the worst storm conditions. It should be deployed from the bow of the vessel and greatly reduces the risk of broaching, capsizing or rolling, keeping the boat more comfortable and stable throughout the duration of the heavy weather. Most importantly it allows the vessel to take the storm head on rather than running with it, which reduces the time spent in discomfort. A must have for any cruising yachtsman or long distance sailor.


  • Comes packaged in stowage & deployment bags
  • High density, brightly coloured nylon for high visibility in search and rescue situation
  • Fitted stainless sinking chain to help with safer deployment
  • Reinforced in areas of high load
  • Easy and safe retrieval using the specific retrieval line available
  • A range of sizes to fit vessels up to 30m
 Yachtmans Anchors
Description Multihull Mono light Mono heavy Part number
Coastal 9 9m 8m 6.5m SAF1000
Global 12 10.5m 10m 9m SAF1010
Tasman 15 12m 11m 10m SAF1020
Bass Strait 18 14m 12m 11m SAF1030
Pacific 20 15m 13m 12m SAF1040
Southern 24 18m 17m 16m SAF1050
Indian 28 Contact our sales team for details SAF1060

Anchor Lines

The anchor line is made from braided Nylon and made to work in conjunction with the appropriate Anchor. The Anchor line has a thimble eye at one end to allow easy attachment to the anchor.
Description Dimension Part number
Coastal 8/ Global 12 16mm x 100m SAF1100
Tasman 15/Bass Strait 18 18mm x 100m SAF1110
Pacific 20 20mm x 100m SAF1120
Southern 24/ Indian 28 24mm x 100m SAF1130

Retrieval Lines

15 m of 3-strand Marston floating rope is spliced to a floating fender further 25m of Marston line is spliced to the other end with a small pick-up buoy spliced to the bitter end. This assembly attaches to the stainless steel chain on the apex of the anchor.
Description Part number
Using 10mm Diameter Marston set SAF1160
Please note the charts on the Para Anchor and Drogue pages should be used as an approximate guide only. Vessel details should be confirmed with manufacturer before ordering. Two boats of the same length, one with full keel heavy displacement the other light displacement would behave differently on the same Para-Anchor. Therefore each boat would require a different size Para-Anchor.
Please contact our office for more details.

Para anchor deployment

There are more ways than one of deploying a parachute sea anchor, but a simple, safe and effective method is:

  • Rig the system prior to departure. Secure the rode line from the bow outside of the lifelines fastened to the toe rails or stanchion bases by plastic cable ties.
  • Lead it to the cockpit where it is made secure to the nearest stanchion base.

When the parachute sea anchor is required:

  • Shackle all lines to the appropriate parts and deploy the retrieval floats over the windward side
  • Deploy the Para-Anchor in its self-deploying bag.
  • Allow Para-Anchor to inflate with the water.
  • Once inflated and all lines have deployed and the boat is stable, check for security and eliminate chafe.
  • Now set up a regular radio and anchor watch and then go below and enjoy the ride.

Para anchor retrieval


Retrieval may be achieved by use of an easy to use partial trip line.

We suggest the use of a 10mm silver (polyester) floating line about 15m in length, (depending on the size of the Para-Anchor) attached to the stainless steel chain at the apex of the Para-Anchor and, and leading up to a buoy (floating fender).

From this buoy, attach a second buoyant line, a 10mm x 25m with a small float (bright colour) attached to the bitter end.

The second float will be carried down wind from the primary float.

On retrieval the boat moves up to and retrieves this bright coloured float. With load applied to the line the parachute sea anchor collapses and is then pulled in. With the use of this system no tangle or foul-up has been recorded.