Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

World-First Anchor Local Invention

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

World-First Anchor Local Invention

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Byline: Tracey Joynson

COOPER Anchors has been inundated with orders for its world-first nylon anchor just a week after launching it.

Invented by River Heads man Larry Cooper and developed with the help of his sons Grant and Jon over the past nine years, the nylon anchor is designed to hold jet skis, kayaks, inflatables and boats up to 3.7m.

In a demonstration of its strength yesterday, the nylon anchor, weighing less than 1kg, was attached to a crane and used to lift a 520kg boat.

With its special design and lead-weighted tip, the nylon anchor was the winning invention on an episode of ABC's New Inventors shown on Wednesday night.

The family had gathered around the television to watch the episode and all their phones began ringing as soon as the program had aired.

"We've had a massive response," Mr Cooper said.

"We got over 200 emails overnight which translated into 190 orders this morning and more are still coming in faster than we can handle them. …

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