|Suncoast Marine Ltd., established in 2004 in Vancouver, British Columbia, is a Canadian manufacturer of high-quality cost-effective products for coastal and blue-water cruisers. |
Suncoast Marine founder Mark Pocock is a keen cruiser who has sailed his Spencer 44 Free Spirit extensively in the Pacific Northwest, and recently completed an offshore passage from Canada to New Zealand via the South Pacific. In New Zealand Mark met Peter Smith, Kiwi cruiser and entrepreneur who had just completed the design of a new anchor, the Rocna. Impressed with the unique combination of quality, performance, and cost-effectiveness afforded by the Rocna, Mark established Suncoast Marine to manufacture these anchors for North American boaters.
As other products of comparable quality, performance, and value are developed, they will be incorporated into the Suncoast Marine product line.
Peter Smith, designer of the Rocna
Peter Smith, designer of the Rocna, has been cruising and building boats since the 1970's, with his most recent project being his 50' 27 ton aluminum alloy world cruiser Kiwi Roa. On his way back to New Zealand from England aboard Kiwi Roa, however, Peter was disturbed at how frequently he dragged anchor in the soft mud anchorages found in the English East Coast, the Chesapeake, Delaware Bay, and even in Islington Bay in New Zealand. Kiwi Roa carried a 110 lb CQR, an 88 lb Delta, and a 110 lb Bruce, which seems an impressive enough array of ground tackle, but still there was always that feeling of insecurity.
Peter had used every type of anchor known to man over the years, and had developed some clear ideas as to the key features of an anchor which would improve upon those which had gone before. A 50kg prototype of the Rocna was built, tested, and refined, then proven out aboard Kiwi Roa during a 10 month circumnavigation of New Zealand. Anchoring experiences included one memorable bout of winds to 70 knot winds for 10 days in Stewart Island, and another 2 day assault of 50 knot winds in Akaroa, during which other boats were dragging across the anchorage...in hundreds of sets, Kiwi Roa never budged. Peter was satisfied that he had achieved his objectives, and had developed an anchor which he could rely on under all conditions.
New Zealand Designed Rocna boating anchors continue to gain popularity with both local and offshore boaters. Initially driven by offshore cruisers who have experienced first-hand the limitations of traditional anchors, other boaters are now taking advantage of the reliability and security offered by Rocna Anchors. Whether you're fishing the local waters or cruising to Desolation Sound, Alaska, the Caribbean, or the South Pacific, we have a Rocna Anchor sized for your boat.
PassageMaker Magazine’s Dec 2008 issue features an article from noted marine architect and offshore sailor Steve Dashew,
who called the Rocna "the best anchor we've ever used".
Rocna now available in Stainless Steel! Contact Us for details.
Rocna launches online Knowledge Base! The Rocna Knowledge Base at www.rocna.com/kb is a comprehensive, indexed and searchable digital encyclopaedia, including a collection of Rocna installation case studies, and guidelines for designing and building the ideal bow roller. Analyses of independent testing, explanations of anchor classification/certification, advice on sizing anchors and much more is also available online.
Rocna in the Press! There have been some great articles written about the Rocna.
PassageMaker Magazine's Oct 2006 issue featured a great article on "An Anchor that Rocks", calling the Rocna "...the Hummer of anchors."
Sail Magazine's October 2006 issue featured a test of 14 anchors, with the Rocna providing 40% higher Max Hold before Release compared to any other anchor. (Note, however, that the price they provide is incorrect! Contact us for correct pricing.)
To see a video of the Rocna in action, click here
Rocna Anchors feature:
•Fast Set, Typically Buried Within 3 Feet
•Sand, Mud, Clay, or Weeds
•Stays Buried Even With Veering Loads
•Rugged Construction, with high tensile shank
•Local or Offshore cruising, Power or Sail
Rocna Anchors has released a comprehensive online collection of information on anchors, anchoring accessories, and the art and science of anchoring.