Anchor Pro tracks your location and alerts you if your anchored boat starts drifting. Relax while anchored and sleep better! You can also be alerted on a secondary phone.

Anchor Pro allows you to set the anchor location directly as you are setting the anchor, or specify the location of the anchor later by providing distance and bearing to the anchor. More advanced users can also specify coordinates of the anchor.

You can specify the allowed area to be a simple circle around the anchor location, or opt for a more advanced area by providing two different distances at specific angles.

The application provides you with enough data to keep you on top of every movement of the boat. You can review all the data from the main screen or graphically check position on the map where you can also see how the boat moved around — perfect for analysis if the anchor is holding or dragging.

The application allows monitoring of the position, GPS reception, and battery level. You can get alerted when any of those metrics reach certain thresholds.

When you are not on a boat you can leave the phone there and get alerted in the event of the alarm. You can be alerted via instant message using a Telegram app or via an email message. With Telegram,​ you can also request the status of the application at any moment.

You can use the Apple Watch app to always have distance, bearing and battery level available in real-time — from your wrist.

The basic functionalities of the application will always be free to use and you have a possibility to test all of the premium features for free as the subscriptions offer a free initial trial period.

Anchor Pro is ad-supported. If you choose to purchase Anchor Premium subscription to remove ads and get extra features, payment will be charged to your iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase. Subscription automatically renews for the same price unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period. Auto-renewal may be turned off at any time by going to your Account Settings after purchase. Current price for Anchor Premium is $4.49 USD per year and may vary from country to country. Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to that publication, where applicable.

Anchor Pro's terms of use:

Anchor Pro uses background audio and location update modes to keep you alerted when the application is not in the foreground.
Please note: Continuous use of GPS will cause the battery to discharge more quickly.

What’s New

Version 2.2

We're always making changes and improvements to Anchor Pro to ensure that it fulfills your expectations.
Changes in this version:
• Improvements and bugfixes
• Reduced the size of the application

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
761 Ratings

761 Ratings

BruceKnight ,

Incredible app!

I love this app. I have a 45 foot sail— my chart plotters are too far away and act to hear any alarms at night. I leave this plugged in and beside by bed. MAJOR PEACE OF MIND. I find the UI to be incredibly well thought out. It’s nice to have the history page, easy to “return” to a previous alarm. Super super handy If you want to stop use by day, say you go off in dingy and can’t have alarm on, and once you return, you can easily re-enable.

I actually recently tried the send email if alarm feature. Emailed myself. The left my phone on the boat and hiked around an island with only my Apple watch. Fortunately, no emails... that I was dragging. ;-)

The developer deserves kudos! Thank you.

znuttyone ,

Solid app , a few suggestions

The app does what it’s designed for and does it well. I used it in 14-18mph winds and a high tidal flow area so the boat had a 180 degree swing. As I monitored our position on multiple devices this app was relatively accurate ( iOS gps accuracy could be better) . The interface is very intuitive and straight forward. All in all great job sloth

Suggestions : 1-provide an icon to increase / decrease radius or maybe allow user to drop anchor and then have a settling period where you monitor the speed and drift to determine anchor heading along with rode deployed
2- allow anchor review input , maybe ask for specific info like protection , bottom holding , need wash down , etc and link to active captain account to feed reviews. You could also pull anchorage info from AC and provide a richer Experince to users
3- with tracking of boat movement allow changing the track color , the current color is hard to see in certain lighting
4- Scan WiFi connection for nema2000 GPS and allow to switch to it as primary GPS for higher accuracy. Maybe even have redundancy and intelligence to validate on device against another ( I have two GPS on the boat , one for ais, one for navigation + the iOS device )

Thanks for contacting me ... look forward to seeing the enhancements

Developer Response ,

Dear user, thank you for a really helpful review! I will note the suggestions and try to include them in the next versions of the application.

Drderbydog ,

Must have utility for boat safety

I have been using Anchor for several years. We own a cruiser and anchor in all different conditions in fresh and salt water. Anchor has saved us from drifting into the trees at the lake and also from drifting into a 70’ yacht in the channel. It’s worth the $5/year price tag for the pro version because I can leave my phone on the boat and it will message my wife’s phone if the anchor starts dragging. Excellent app!

App Privacy

The developer, Peckish Sloth OÜ, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Location
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Contact Info
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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