What is an Foam Anchor?
When it comes to boats, cushion attachments are a great way to enhance your boating experience! Traditionally, cushions have been attached to the boat with snaps, plastic clips, or Velcro, all of which can rust, collect dirt, or break down over time, making them cumbersome and inconvenient to use. However, Foam Anchor offers a more reliable solution; it sits beneath your fabric and is incredibly easy to operate - simply click it on! Plus, it will last for years and years, making it a great investment for any boat owner.
The Foam Anchor costs more then a strip of Velcro or snaps - Why?
The straightforward answer is that it costs more because it is a superior product. Other systems attach to the cover fabric and can be cumbersome to use; the fabric often gets stretched during operation, plastic clips break, and Velcro gets dirty and deteriorates in the sunlight. Foam Anchor, however, sits inside the cover, shielded from dirt and sunlight, and can be reused when the cover fabric or foam is replaced. When it comes to installation in the workshop and on the boat, Foam Anchor saves money as it is several times faster to install than other systems.
Can Foam Anchors be used on all sorts of fabric ?
Yes, Foam Anchors can generally be used on all types of fabric leather or vinyl. However, we recommend testing with your fabric of choice, as the pressure of the magnets could cause deformation or discoloration on certain fabrics, plastics, and even wood. The thicker the cover material, the less force the magnet will have.
What are the benefits of using a Foam Anchor system?
Foam Anchor is a breeze to install into foam without any special tools or expertise. Installing it on a boat is a cinch - no drilling or glueing required. Plus, it can be retrofitted into older cushions and reused multiple times when the fabric or foam is replaced. Operating it is a snap - simply pull your cushions off and click them back into place.
How do I install a Foam Anchor system?
Easy: First, make a cut into the foam where you want the Foam Anchor to be placed. Second, firmly push the Anchor into the foam until the magnet is just above the foam. Finally, replace the fabric cover and let the Companion Mount click onto the magnet. Ensure that the stainless steel badge is clean and free of oil and grease, then remove the tape from one side and apply the double-sided sticker onto the badge, double checking the positioning. Once satisfied, remove the other side of the tape and press the cushion into its position. Peel the cushion off, leaving the badge attached to the boat. Press firmly onto the badge to ensure maximum adhesion after 24h.
Is there a limitation to the amount of weight that can be supported by a Foam Anchor?
If you're looking to install a floating backrest, it all depends on the weight of your foam and fabric. Although a single Foam Anchor is strong enough to generate several kilograms of pull, there are many factors to consider. For instance, for a 7 cm thick and 1 m long foam cushion, we recommend starting with three Foam Anchors.
Are risks associated with using a Foam Anchor system?
Foam Anchors are equipped with powerful neodymium magnets, which can chip if allowed to snap onto each other or onto metal surfaces. To ensure safety during installation, protective gear such as glasses and gloves should be worn. Additionally, these magnets should be kept out of reach of children, and people with pacemakers should avoid them altogether, as they may interfere with computers, phones, and other electronic devices when in close proximity - but we are talking about cm`s here...
How long will a Foam Anchor system last before it needs to be replaced?
To avoid corrosion, the body of the Foam Anchor is made from plastic and the magnet is protected by a layer of epoxy coating and sealed within the plastic housing. The magnetic force will remain intact indefinitely, except when exposed to temperatures above 80 degrees Celsius. The system can be reused multiple times, providing a cost-effective and reliable solution.