Ground Tackle

Anchoring: the fine art of staying put, is like most things sailing - full of strongly held opinions.

Anchoring is no different on Morgan le Fay. Over the years we've anchored with Danforth's, Delta's, Bruce's, Rocna's and a Manson Supreme. Or I should say that I drug anchor with a Delta and Danforth as well as spent some time resetting all of them to get a good set. I never had great confidence in the Danforth or Delta. In a tide change the Danforth popped out of the seabed and never reset and the Delta held but always seamed to be "soft". I got a Rocna with great anticipation of the power of a new generation of anchors. And indeed it did set and hold very, very well. Sadly, a few months later the whole debacle of Rocna's change in steel strength came out and as it turns out I had one of the anchors that had a 400 MPa steel shank with the strength of a wet noodle. It was returned to West Marine and replaced with an 80# Manson Supreme. The Manson is a great anchor but did not fit my bow roller very well so I started looking for a new anchor. (If you want to learn about the Rocna debacle just search for rocna)

Along came Mantus - first a disclaimer, I sell Mantus anchors for fun (sorry no profits yet).

Originally I was just looking for a new generation anchor that had a shank that would fit on my bow better. The Mantus Anchor has a shank wit a profile very much like a delta and thus fit my roller great. As I looked further into Mantus Anchors I discovered that the design fit my thoughts of what an anchor should be like with solid engineering and a company owner (Greg Kutsen) who really stood by his products. Mantus anchors are designed to set quickly. Indeed they typically set in their own length. The geometry is such that the sharp point of the fluke penetrated the substrate quickly. Further the shape of the fluke causes the anchor to rotate in-place with wind shifts. They set fast and stay put! You can see real world photos of this by taking a look at the Photos of Anchors setting thread over at Cruisers Forum. Anyway the upshot of how much the Mantus impressed me is that I became a distributor.

I'm of the persuasion that if the people that walk past your boat are not pointing and laughing at your anchor then it is too small. My main anchor is an 85# Mantus which may be too small. Someday I'll replace it with a 105# Mantus.

Morgan le Fay has an all chain rode composed of 275' of Acco hot dipped galvanized 5/16" G70 chain. Originally Morgan came with 2 lengths of 5/16" HT chain. This chain just did not pass the windlass without problems. It was always binding links and skipping and otherwise causing problems to feed. That is really not surprising when you take into account that the windless is an Ideal Windless Company BHW fitted with a 3/8" BBB wildcat. I should add that the 5/16" G70 feeds flawlessly. So what gives? Why does 5/16" G70 work and 5/16" HT fail? The answer lies in the dimensions of the chain. Specifically the inside length of each link. You can read about his in the G70 Chain page.


85# Galvanized Mantus Anchor
80# Manson Supreme (for sale)
33 KG Bruce knockoff


275' ACCO 5/16" G70 chain
250' 3/4" three strand nylon


Mantus Large Bridle (34' of 1" line, (2) 30' legs)


Ideal windless model BHW with a 3/8" BBB wildcat
Sealed Lead Acid windless battery located under the forward berth