FLOOK The Flying Anchor

How It Works

When launched into the water from a boat it automatically takes off and flies out through the water at a glide angle of 5 to 1 until it lands on the seabed. A trail of bubbles indicates its flight path and its final resting place. A quick reward jerk on the line opens its unique differential pantograph and drives the flukes into the sand or mud.

The special geometry provided by the opening pantograph ensures that the harder you pull, the deeper the flukes dig down into the bottom.

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A. The simplest way to launch the FLOOK. Try to throw it forward so that it hits the surface of the water at around 20�. After six throw you may develop your own method.B. The FLOOK glides out until it rests on the bottom. A trail of bubbles may indicate its flight path and its final resting position.C. A swift jerk on the rode opens the pantograph at the correct angle which causes the swallowtail to dig in. The geometry of the arrangement is such that the harder you pull the deeper it digs! Retrieve the FLOOK by cleating the line short and riding over it if necessary.

To enable the flook to fly out the maximum distance, the lightest/strongest line should be used. Modern lightweight submersible polymeric ropes have tremendous strength to weight ratio more than matching the holding power of most anchors.

Staying Out of Trouble


Especially as a back anchor or side anchor, the FLOOK can be sent out to secure your boat in a particular position. It can even be used to pull you off a sandbar should you run aground. Just launch the FLOOK like a torpedo in any selected direction, (it is directionally accurate to within a few degrees) and winch yourself off.

Holding Position

The flying capabilities of the FLOOK make it ideal for "kedging" and for deploying a number of anchors to secure a vessel over a fixed point.
FLOOK is also ideal for holding a vessel off a wharf or mooring piles to prevent wave action smashing the vessel against the wharf.

As a primary Anchor

The FLOOK is also capable of serving as a main anchor in the conventional manner. That is, if it is not required to be "flown" out away from the vessel it can be flown straight out over the bow with chain and heavy line attached. Its superior holding power, sand or mud, can be utilised without exploiting its "flying" capabilities.
1.Shackle in a length of chain joining the normal rode to the FLOOK.
2.Send the FLOOK over the bow with chain attached. It will take up an angle of about 45 degrees (1.1)
3.Reverse back so that about four times the depth in scope of rode is let out.
4.Jerk the pantograph open and secure the rode to the ship's bollard.
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