We did our research for almost a year, and wow what an eye opener, just be careful how you ask and who you ask, because one sideways word and you could lose a friend forever over this stuff. Basic summary of our research was: use chain rode, lots of it, and be responsible (check the bottom, know the currents and weather, etc). When it comes down to the actual choice off what engine block you're going to throw overboard and sleep on overnight, we learned this: there's been tons of science and technology applied all over our boats, satellite this and that, computer designed this and that, etc etc etc, but it seems the sailing community only in the last 10 years or so has started looking at seriously applying science to anchors - weight distribution, angle of entry, and more. And maybe that's because what was out there was working (but if you read enough blogs or talk to enough people, it seems we just accepted the fact that anchors will drag....?). Ultimately we decided we will have 3 anchors on board, all different types, but not because we are confused but because we became knowledgeable. As our primary we will be using a new entrant to the anchor world,
Mantus Anchors. http://mantusanchors.com/
If you haven't seen them then at least read about them and educate yourself. The primary reason for our selection here was that at our size and weight we are primarily concerned with the anchor setting, and more importantly - RESETTING - especially when winds shift. Mantus (our is 85lbs) proved to us to set extremely quickly and with 300 feet of chain, we believe we have the best holding gear for us. And that ultimately is what is most important, I suppose, is that you feel good about your decision. 2nd we will carry a Bruce/Claw (44lb) and 3rd we have a Fortress (37).
Here's some pictures of our new Mantus. Another nice thing is that this anchor can be disassembled and stored very easily so maybe for others this proves to be a great secondary or storm anchor?
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