Bucking the system one sunset at a time!

Ahh… an anchor discussion! Who knew chunks of metal could be so controversial? It seems that every boating/sailing/cruising magazine has an annual “anchor shootout” to determine which anchor is the leader of the pack. Governments have commissioned taxpayer-funded studies to decide which anchor to use on their navy and coast guard vessels. Internet discussion boards are littered with heated debates regarding which anchor is the best… the discussions often devolving into name calling bonanzas.  If you follow the anchor debates, you might say it’s like watching Congress work. In case you didn’t catch that, I just made a funny about Congress working. Dolts.

We’re not trying to recreate that mess on this page. We don’t care to crown a victor. We don’t care to discuss the particulars of holding power, resetting ability and which anchor’s mother is the prettiest. That’s been done. Ad nauseum. We just need to outfit our boat for cruising. We’re headed to the tropics. The Caribbean. And then west, son.

There were two anchors on our boat when we bought her, a 45 lb. CQR and a 20 lb. Danforth. The CQR was on the bow roller as the primary anchor, and the Danforth was buried under a pile of gear in the cockpit locker – completely inaccessible in an emergency. We’re moving the Danforth to the stern rail, and the CQR resides on craigslist. We now have a 45 lb. Mantus Anchor on the bow roller. We also have a 65 lb. Mantus storm anchor that we can quickly assemble should the weather turn nasty. Finally, we have the cutest little dinghy anchor you’ve ever seen – a 2 lb. Mantus.

So what, right? Well, just like piles of bacon and cans of SPAM, you can never have too many anchors. I feel pretty confident in the Mantus as our primary. I also feel pretty good about the stern Danforth. While technically an anchor, the 2lb dinghy Mantus does nothing for the mothership, and the storm anchor is for storms (duh). What else should we carry? How many should we carry? Are we good? Wanna buy a CQR? Or, should we keep it and find a place to store it onboard?

The polls are now closed, and you can see the results below. However, you can still leave some comments and further the discussion. If you must, tell us which anchor has the prettiest mother. If you’re feeling creative, write a haiku about Congress and anchors.

Ready. Set. HOLD!


Mantus Anchor

Our 45 lb. Mantus.

Which anchors should we carry?

  • Scoop: Mantus, Rocna, Mansun, Spade (44%, 93 Votes)
  • Fluke: Danforth, Fortress (28%, 58 Votes)
  • Claw: Bruce (14%, 29 Votes)
  • Plow: CQR, Delta (13%, 28 Votes)
  • Traditional: Fisherman, Luke (1%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 139

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How many anchors should we carry?

  • Three (51%, 66 Votes)
  • Two (38%, 49 Votes)
  • Four (8%, 11 Votes)
  • Five (2%, 3 Votes)
  • One (1%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 130

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  1. Monika's Gravatar Monika
    December 5, 2014    

    35 lb Quickline Ultra Anchor on a 36′ Trawler catamaran

    • dptransom's Gravatar dptransom
      December 5, 2014    

      Thanks for the comment, Monica. We like the Ultras, but our bank account does not! It’s too bad they don’t make a galvanized version.

      • Pam's Gravatar Pam
        December 15, 2014    

        We asked about a galvanized Ultra at a boat show. Answer: once all the welding was done, when they tried to galvanize it, it would explode. We have a 60 lb Ultra for a 46′ wooden Bridge Deck Cruiser

        • rhagar's Gravatar rhagar
          January 5, 2015    

          Never heard of that, I have welded and fabricated all sorts of supports and details for industrial use and had them galvanized. Never had a problem.

          • May 23, 2015    

            It has something to do with the filling in the tip (which I think is lead). They told us the galv process would melt it and that would be a bad thing.

            P.S. We’ve been on a 34′ sailboat with a 45# CQR in Canada/US/BVI/USVI/Puerto Rico/Bahamas for almost a year. It’s been fine though it’s not great in grass. I’d want something heavier on a larger boat.

      • Pete Peterson's Gravatar Pete Peterson
        July 19, 2015    

        We actually have a galvanized Ultra Supreme 21kg. In 2009 Quickline actually had a handful of them made in Turkey and we were lucky to get one of them for less that a Rocna. We are full time cruisers and spend a lot of time on the anchor. Our previous anchors were an Original Bruce 20kg, terrible in the Med. Replaced with a Delta 20kg, terrible on the US east coast. The Ultra Supreme 21kg is just a fantastic anchor, sets quickly and holds. Only downside, after four years of hard use it needs to be re-galvanized. Our second anchor is a Fortress FX-37. A third, just in case anchor buried in the aft lazarette is a Brittany 20kg.

  2. December 5, 2014    

    We have a 65lb Mantus Anchor on the bow of our 42ft Hunter Passage and we also have a 45lb Mantus broken down under the v-berth as a second anchor. We also have a Fortress FX 23 on our stern as an easy to deploy emergency anchor.
    Over my 35+ years of boating I have had most of the old school anchors and some of the new age anchors.
    And this Mantus is by far the fastest setting and best holding of all we have had!!

    • dptransom's Gravatar dptransom
      December 5, 2014    

      Thanks, Dean. It’s great to hear from satisfied Mantus owners… since that is what we’ve chosen as our primary. What do you think of the Fortress?

      • December 10, 2014    

        The fortress is a good anchor! I have used one for many years when I was in the Great Lakes. I like that it is light for its size so I can deploy it fast. I have it stored in the Mantus Anchor Holder on our stern rail.
        We also sold a CQR, 2 Delta’s, and a Bruce when we switched to Mantus!

  3. Yorgos Doumas's Gravatar Yorgos Doumas
    December 5, 2014    

    I think you are good enough like this. As the matter of fact i am jealous. I have an aluminum fortress type, a Delta type, and a good ship type anchor for extra. Only the last one i intend to keep. the others will be of the first category.

    • dptransom's Gravatar dptransom
      December 5, 2014    

      Thanks for the comment, Yorgos. We only recently received the Mantus anchors, and we haven’t had an opportunity to try them. I hear nothing but good things about them, though!

  4. Gary's Gravatar Gary
    December 5, 2014    

    35 pound CQR ON 200 feet of chain and 200 feet of rope and a Fortress second anchor on 30 feet of chain and 250 feet of rope (33 foot sloop). I’m happy with both, but we are coastal cruisers.

    • December 5, 2014    

      Thanks, Gary! We plan to replace the current nylon/chain combination rode with 250-300′ of all chain for our primary.

  5. December 5, 2014    

    Ultra Anchor. The only really engineered anchor.
    Holds in all directions.

  6. December 5, 2014    

    As you will have seen, we are huge proponents of the scoop type anchors. We have a Rocna, Spade, Mantus, and Ultra – they are all excellent. In time we will acquire others. We also have a big Fortress as a secondary and stern anchor – easy to deploy in our little dinghy as it is light. We also have a delta (undersized for our boat) as another stern anchor – idea is that it will (and has) drag if the wind picks up a lot. then our bow will turn into the wind.
    We keep a minimum of four anchors on board.
    Sadly, the Mantus does not work on our bow roller. The shank angle is too acute.
    We do own an 80# CQR, which came with the boat (they always do). We use it as a mooring for our 20 launch – well set with our car in semi-hard mud. It has dragged twice.

    if you are interested, we are doing an anchoring webinar tomorrow (Saturday 6-12-14) at 10:30 EST with the GLCC School. Otherwise, we are offering our book at a 30% discount as a holiday special. There are postings on several FB pages.

  7. Clifford Barcliff's Gravatar Clifford Barcliff
    December 5, 2014    

    Almost doesn’t matter what anchor.

    Knowing how to use it is more important that what you use.

    Regarding second anchor: For certain cruising areas (skinny cuts in the ICW, any place with strong reversing current, any place with limited swing room), having a second anchor that is just as “good” as the first is important. It needs to be deployable just as easily as the primary.

    We kept two. One on a bow roller, and a second secured to the pulpit. We divided the anchor locker to keep the rodes separated.

  8. Vic's Gravatar Vic
    December 5, 2014    

    A working Congress
    Could we now get so lucky
    No Maybe next year

    Yeah, I was never good at the poetry/haiku thing but I’m always willing to make the effort. lol

    Wanting to upgrade to a Mantus as well, but it’s way down on the list right right now. Will continue to read the responses you get, to help me out in the future. Thanks!

    • December 5, 2014    

      Awesome haiku, Vic. I can never even remember what a haiku is until I see one. Bravo!!

  9. December 5, 2014    

    We carry a very similar ground tackle system. Two modern rollbar type anchors, a danforth, 300′ of primary chain, and some smaller bits and nylon rodes for the extra anchors. All anchors are half the size of what you carry, as our Triton only has about half your displacement. The larger hook is the bower, but on a smaller boat the storm sized hook is handled faster manually than by manual windlass. I’d like to practice setting the two anchors in tandem from a single rode once we’re back in the water, but the bigger pick has always been plenty. As for additions, I’d pick up a folding hook of some type heavy enough to be a bower or serve as the third hook in a triangle mooring setup if I got a deal on one. However, unless something fancy is needed for a big raft of boats, recovery, or narrow channel anchoring, the big hook off the bow is the only one ever used.

  10. Rich's Gravatar Rich
    December 6, 2014    

    We carry a Rocna, a delta, and a fortress anchor, but honestly we have found the performance of the Rocna so outstanding that we use it exclusively. Fellow cruisers report to us the same feelings of effectiveness with the group of modern scoop anchors, they are amazing.

    We think the setting of two anchors off of the bow ineffective and can even be dangerous if you would happen to drag and would need to reset quickly. Modern anchors reset so well in shifting currents that using two anchors is antiquated. The use of a stern anchor has it’s applications.

    • December 6, 2014    

      Thanks for the comment, Rich. I wondered the same thing. The new generation of anchors seem to get the best reviews, regardless of bottom type. This is why I question how many different types to bring along.

  11. Dave Irvine's Gravatar Dave Irvine
    December 6, 2014    

    We have a 36 ft sailcat and have a 44lb Ultra,36 lb delta and a fortress for our stern
    The Ultra anchor is absolutely amazing …holds almost immediately in all situations so far

  12. Deb's Gravatar Deb
    December 7, 2014    

    We have a 65# Mantus on our Tartan 42 and we’ll never have another anchor. we sleep peacefully every night.

    S/V Kintala

  13. December 7, 2014    

    We have a 66lb SPADE with 200 feet of 3/8s BBB chain on the bow of our Valiant 40 and absolutely love it. It is the fastest setting anchor I have ever experienced and has held in a Very Hard blow including a 70+ kt tornado that hit us so hard we rolled over to the extent the water was coming over the cockpit combing. We also carry a 45 lb CQR and a 25 lb Danforth on the stern.

  14. December 8, 2014    

    We have a Mantus 65 on our Bavaria 46 on an all chain rode and it is the fastest setting, best holding anchor we have ever had the pleasure of using, we now sleep very well each night we are on the hook

  15. Randy Johnson's Gravatar Randy Johnson
    December 9, 2014    

    Our boat is a 40′ cat 7 tons. Primary anchor is 45lb HydroBubble w/300′ of chain and 150′ 5/8″ 3 strand nylon. Secondary is 44lb Rocna w/200′ of chain and 150′ 5/8″ 3 strand nylon. We use 75′ 5/8″ nylon bridle to adjust how we lay and take the load off the windless. Our backup and stern anchor is a fortress FX-23 w/40′ of chain and 100′ of 5/8″ nylon.

  16. Pj's Gravatar Pj
    December 9, 2014    

    Our 44′ Morgan has a 65# ugly mantus on the bow alongside a 45# claw. Neither one has failed us in coastal cruising. Maybe I need a stern anchor but with my luck it would wrap around my prop after deploying.

  17. Bill Roy's Gravatar Bill Roy
    December 9, 2014    

    i have a 40′ Jeanneau came w a 35 Bruce, previous owners were coastal cruisers in New England. Last year bought a 45′ Mantus. Sets every time have never dragged. The whole East Coast and all through the Bahamas 150′ ft chain w Mantus Chain snubber hook. I’m a happy camper!

  18. Bart C's Gravatar Bart C
    December 9, 2014    

    On the stern I’m a big fan of a fortress. Easy to wrangle as a kedge, if the need ever arises.

    • December 10, 2014    

      Currently have a 66 pd claw and a 45 delta on our 45 ft center cockpit sailboat, I would like a mantus but due to the offset bow rollers I cannot use a roll bar anchor, would a mantus with the rollable removed be a viable option or perhaps the new rochna Vulcan spade?

      • December 10, 2014    

        Hi, Bob. I had the same question about the roll bar. I was concerned that the anchor would conflict with our pulpit. I spoke with Mantus at the Annapolis Boat Show, and they said that the only function of the roll bar is to ensure the anchor lands in the correct orientation for setting. Once the anchor is set, the roll bar doesn’t do anything. You can print an anchor template from their website and test it on your boat.

        • December 10, 2014    

          Thanks for the reply, our bow rollers are off set and the short one is the one with the chain gypsy, so no chance of a roll bar on that one, the other longer one is on the drum side so it would have to be all rode, not a option for the primary, so we’re limited to a spade type, the spade is a good anchor but really expensive, the new rochna Vulcan is around 600 bucks and so is the 55 pd mantus, just not sure if it would be effective without the roll bar, wish I could get input from mantus or other users who have taken the roll bar off.

          • December 10, 2014    

            I put in a “call” to Mantus for you. Hopefully they’ll stop by here to further the discussion.

          • January 22, 2015    

            Bob – Mantus answers the “no roll bar” question here:

  19. December 11, 2014    

    Definition of an anchor: A device used for sampling mud from the bottom.

    Any two sailors will have at least three opinions about which anchor is best.

    Mark and Cindy
    s/v Cream Puff

  20. nick's Gravatar nick
    December 12, 2014    

    If you not going to use the roll bar than get a delta and I have 35 delta on my Hunter-36
    and does a great job for sure.

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