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!
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
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