There are a lot of important pieces of equipment on a boat…a beefy anchor is one of the tops. Curiosity (our 05′ Leopard 43 Catamaran) came with an old CQR anchor that didn’t fit properly, had a bent shaft, a seized anchor roller and a small swivel. It wasn’t ideal to say the least.
On top of all of that, it often seemed impossible to set and even when it did set, the anchor was lying on its side (which is not good). As soon as we would back down on it with anything above 1500rpm it would often break loose and start to drag. There are plenty of times it would take 4-6 attempts to finally get a good bite and holding (and there was one night we simply gave up and decided to sleep in shifts). I know that’s a lot of words just to say, our anchor pretty much sucked!
We turned to the internet, read a bunch of articles, watched a slew of YouTube videos and chatted with our fellow cruisers. The conclusion: Sailors are a heavily opinionated bunch. Mantus, Manson, Rocna and Spade all have their own cult following. Any of these choices would be better than what we have. The Mantus homegrown testing videos and rave reviews from other cruisers won us over. Plus, Mantus is a small company that is owned and operated by a couple of fellow cruisers.
We went with the following from Mantus:
All of this combined has been a huge, dramatic improvement. So far, the anchor has set every single time with no additional attempts needed. It’s a beast.
Our old anchor wasn’t a perfect fit for our boat and neither is this one…I have no idea what anchor Leopard was thinking would fit. So…we had a “fun” time retrofitting our set up. Mantus customer service (aka Phillip and Greg) were fantastic at helping us work through it all. We sent emails with photos and had multiple phone calls through the whole process. Now, we feel like we have a solid anchoring system that will last.
We covered the fitting issues we were having and how we solved them here:
We have recently upgraded our anchor chain and share the story here:
We now have 250ft of chain with 200ft of heavy duty anchor line. We also have a spare Fortress anchor with 50ft of chain and 200ft of anchor line. Both are attached at the bitter end with a thin line on a U-Bolt, so it can be easily cut in an emergency situation.
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