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At the Monaco Yacht Show, the Bowmaster design team was approached about designing an underwater anchor system for the trusted Plough Anchor. Superyacht Captains were requiring more choice in their anchoring solutions and the ability to use the reliable CQR plough style anchor.
At the same show, Benetti engineers approached Bowmaster about a stern system for the upcoming showcase project FB275. There was an existing partnership in place. Bowmaster had built some of Benetti’s smaller anchors, the owner was a past client of three sets of Manson anchors and so Benetti decided to stick to the trusted relationship and use Bowmaster for this iconic project. Over discussions it was suggested the design of the bow anchor system for the Hiding System was a flush pocket so all you can see is a polished baseplate.
Over six months the engineering team worked collaboratively with the Benetti engineers, sharing sketches and designs to come up with a system that allows the Plough Anchor to deploy through the hull of the vessel.
The challenge was getting the anchor through the base of the vessel due to the complex shape. Much time was spent ensuring the system projected far enough away from the hull while at the same time the anchor orientated to the correct alignment before entering.
The client wanted a system that was able to allow them to anchor stern to – in some of the world’s most picturesque locations.
A full size prototype was developed and used to do all in-house testing. The product can be deployed as both a bow or stern anchor option, as well as a dual bow option. This was the first project for the Subplough so the team did a full size mockup operation of the system, and continually developed the angles to ensure they were correct.
The system was designed, fabricated and commissioned in-house, and simply bolted (or welded) into the final hull. This plug and play capability was achieved using in-house 0.1mm accurate 3D scanning, which ensured the final design could be commissioned on site and shipped with complete confidence of fitment.