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We’ve logged over 30,000 nm on our boat over the past five years, but even with all that sailing, we still have been stationary over 85% of our nights. And most of the time, that’s at anchor with our trusty Mantus Anchor.
Why We Picked Mantus
Since we are small business owners ourselves, we especially are on the lookout for other small businesses that offer a great, innovative product and the service to stand behind it. And to top it all off, Mantus is a local company, located 5 minutes down the road from us. After talking to Greg, we purchased the 85lb galvanized steel anchor, which is a size up from the recommended size for the Helia. Since our windlass can handle the extra weight, we figured that we might as well go large and sleep extra soundly at night. And talking about service, Greg even came by and delivered the anchor himself!
The anchor can be assembled and disassembled, which is one of the features we liked, but this allows it to come in a relatively compact, wooden box. That will make shipping the anchor easier than trying to deal with a box large enough to handle the full-size anchor.
Inside the box, the anchor was separated into three main parts, the roll bar, the shank, and the fluke. Each was securely held down by several zip ties and it was apparent that nothing would be moving around. Also included were the necessary bolts and lubricant to be used when putting everything together, as well as a universal deck fill lid key. That was a surprise, but certainly a welcome one. Instructions are also included, though to be honest, if you can’t figure out how to put these three pieces together, you’ll probably have a tough time dealing with more complex systems on a boat!
Putting everything together was quite easy. I will admit to being slightly surprised at just how large the anchor was when assembled, though it does look quite nice when it’s all new and shiny. And it’s certainly heavy! We definitely won’t be using this anchor for our dinghy, that’s for sure.
In all our nights at anchor, there have been two instances where we had a hard time, both in thick seagrass. Every other time has been wonderful. And we’ve tested our anchor – hard!
It shocks me when the same cruisers frequently have problems with dragging all the time. We’ve rescued plenty of boats mid-drag too!
We are really confident in our Mantus anchor, though. Of course, we usually set our AIS anchor alarm, but it seems that we have a lot fewer issues holding on the first try and dragging than other crusing boats do.
And our anchor has held up really well. The construction is very good; nothing has bent or broken.
Want a great night’s sleep at anchor? Get a Mantus anchor!