Let me start out by saying Iím a huge BOX anchor fan I have been using them for the better part of 6 years now. IMO they are a great anchor. I have them on all of our boats. But they IMO do have a few down sideís. They can be cumbersome to handle because they are heavy and that makes them a pain to deal with in every aspect of anchoring. Thatís #1 getting them out of where you keep them #2 setting them up #3 Throwing them #4 retrieving them #5 putting them away. I can say after a month of use the Hourglass is a better Anchor.
I contacted Josh at Hourglass and after looking at what he offers (Steel Anchors) I asked him if he would be interested in making me a Custom Aluminum Anchor. Because IMO his Steel Anchors seemed very close in size and weight to what I already own. I wanted a light weight Anchor. He was up for the challenge. He said if I didnít like the Anchor he would offer a full refund so for me there was no risk.
I got the Anchor as promised. At first it looks like its going to take longer and be more of a hassle to assemble then the Box. Well after putting it together a few times I was wrong about both of my assumptions. I timed myself and it takes 12 seconds to assemble the Hourglass compared to 14-18 seconds to get the Box anchor put together. The Hourglass comes apart even faster. It stores away smaller and most of all its super easy to handle because itís so light. The Hourglass Anchor weighs 12 Lbs. My small Box Anchor weighs 33lbs. The weight difference helps in almost every aspect. I say almost every aspect because Iím sure a heavy anchor only helps you when youíre trying to set it.
The challenge or Test as I called it was to see if the heavy box anchors set easier or faster then the light weight Hourglass anchor. I used both anchors taking turns using the anchors at both the front of the boat and at the rear. I can honestly say the heavy Box anchor sets or holds no better or worse then the light weight Hourglass so as far as holding power it was even.
I was using our Pontoon boat to conduct the test. Itís 28feet long and over 3800 lbís and in a light wind with the bimini up its got quite a lot of drag or pull from the wind so it would have no problems holding a wake boat with a large Bimini. I have had a few friends set up both the Box and the Hourglass and they all agreed the Hourglass was easier to set up and toss. The final deciding factor was the Wifeís impression. She is used to helping out anchoring the boat so what she had to say and how it worked out for her was huge.
She thought that it was better on all aspects, When your pulling the anchor UP and your only lifting 1/3 of the weight your used to it makes the job a whole lot easier. Most of all when the anchor comes to the surface ďNear your boat & its InteriorĒ you donít have a 33lb sharp spinning un wielding object in the hands of a person that is tired from just pulling it up. This makes the odds that you donít end up with a scratch in your Gel coat or hole in your Vinyl a lot less IMO. Just wanted to share the results of my exp.