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Old 06-17-2014, 09:04 AM   #141
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OMG it looks like an Ultra.

And that fits your text too.

Does it work as good as it looks? The only other anchor I know of that is as beautiful as the Ultra is a Claw. All others look industrial. But the Claw and Ultra are a bit sculpture. Spade is a runner up though.
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Old 06-17-2014, 09:42 AM   #142
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Does it work as good as it looks? There are so many variables with anchoring including the person at the helm that using testimonials as to which anchor works is hard for me to get a handle on. All I personally can say is that I have used Danforth-Bruce-CQR-Delta-Manson-spade and Ultra some on East Coast others PNW. It's my opinion for what ever that's worth that the last three mentioned seem to set faster and drag less if at all and I would use any of them including close cousins with a fair degree of confidence.
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Old 10-07-2016, 09:32 AM   #144
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Question Mant us Anchors

After reading most of the posts on Mantus anchors, I never ran across anyone that is actually using one. I purchased the 8 pound anchor and put it together yesterday and 2 of the galvanized bolts stripped before they completely tightened. I can get more from Mantus or the local hardware store but here is my main concern.
If the anchor plows into mud, grass or sand, how do you retrieve it? Nothing on the Mantus site explains this. It looks like it really holds well. Does anyone have experience using this anchor before I get mine stuck?
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Old 10-07-2016, 09:34 AM   #145
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I would assume it works the same as a Rocna or a Manson Supreme. The three looks almost identical. It would be retrieved the same as those anchors.
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Old 10-07-2016, 10:34 AM   #146
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. Our piece of sh*t Bruce anchor set fast in every bottom we encountered. And it also failed almost every time a substantial load was put on it as it has for other boaters we know. This is why we relegated it to propping open a door in the garage and got one of the proven, best-holding anchors in the world to replace it..........
It seems odd that something that works well for many folks would be described as a "piece of sh*t" by someone else. Perhaps you have different bottom conditions than other folks or (Heaven forbid I even suggest this), you are not setting it properly.

My boat came to me with a 22 lb claw anchor and it never failed to set and never let loose even in my area with reversing tidal currents over a period of several years. I upgraded to a 33 lb claw just because I could and of course, I've had the same results with it.

There is no "best" boat anchor and if the anchor you are using holds your boat reliably, there's no good reason to replace it with something "newer".
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Old 10-07-2016, 10:38 AM   #147
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I just spent a year doing the "loop" and anchored out 75 nights. I have the 35 lb. and have owned it for three years. It has been rock solid and never dragged. During the loop trip I encountered many different anchoring conditions and the Mantus always did it's job and this is with only 25' of chain and the rest nylon. I am a very satisfied customer.


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We have an 85# Mantus. It has never failed to set on the first try, usually within an anchor length. It has never dragged, although we have not tested it in high winds (over 20kts). It can take some pulling to get it out of the bottom when it's set deep, but not enough to ne a problem. I'd rather have to pull a bit than deal with a light set.

Overall, I couldn't be happier with it. We're going on an extended trip up the inland rivers next year, and expect to need to do some stern anchoring. I'll get a 25# Mantus for that purpose.
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I have a 105lber. Sets quick and has held in 50mph winds. To pull it, drive past it and pull it up
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Ancient thread...but I wonder if anyone has considered that a hundred pound anchor will regularly set (quickly) vs say a 35 pounder. Characteristics likely change with weight/size.
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Jeffnick,
What do you have Jeff .. a 15 pounder?

How do characteristics change w size? Reynolds number?

Or is this a size matters post?

Haven't seen you for awhile.
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Old 10-07-2016, 02:35 PM   #152
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Ancient thread...but I wonder if anyone has considered that a hundred pound anchor will regularly set (quickly) vs say a 35 pounder. Characteristics likely change with weight/size.
I definitely think it helps with certain designs.

Once Danforth/Fortress types get big enough, things like shells, small rocks or clumps of grass aren't large enough to jam the flukes shut before it sets.

After that, I also think the shear weight of an anchor may help setting....just from being heavy enough to depress the bottom enough to start grabbing instead of sliding and picking up trash along the way...
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Old 10-07-2016, 02:45 PM   #153
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.......... After that, I also think the shear weight of an anchor may help setting....just from being heavy enough to depress the bottom enough to start grabbing instead of sliding and picking up trash along the way...
And that's why I wonder about the Fortress anchors. They may be light enough to "sail" in the water on the way down. To me, it doesn't make much sense to shave several pounds off the anchor by using aluminum and still have a heavy chain attached.
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Fortress actually doesn't recommend much chain because of the dynamics of that style anchor setting.

I think they are a special use anchor, and just bought one for what I have in mind.

They send you a nice letter thanking your for purchasing.... refreshing to feel like a welcome customer.
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I have used the same 45lb Mantus on two boats and it was a huge improvement over a 45lb CQR. I have anchored a Nordic 42 with it in 30 mph winds on a 4 to 1 scope and routinely anchor in lighter winds with 3 to 1 (all chain rode0. Generally, you have to at least be right over it before it will break loose and many times have to go past it. There is never a question when it sets. It's not gradual, it is almost immediate after you start backing down. It feels just like it looks in the anchor setting video thread.

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Old 10-07-2016, 04:17 PM   #156
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Jeffnick,
What do you have Jeff .. a 15 pounder?
One More Time Around: Big Duck's Ground Tackle.
How do characteristics change w size?
Let's take a look at the anchors the big boys use - the Navy anchor. Isn't it just a Danforth with all the little things that would break off removed. Yet that same Navy in the proper size for my boat is absolutely useless.
Reynolds number?
I did have top look up Reynolds number, but I don't have the smarts to understand flow dynamics. But I do know from experience that when I drop my Fortress in a current it never sets because the chain hits the bottom first and the anchor skates. This may not be a problem with a Fortress of a heavier weight.
Or is this a size matters post?
Yes, this a case of size matters. The heavier the anchor - the easier it will be to set...at least from my experience.

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Rode out Hurricane Matthew in Haiti with Mantus anchor......

This sailor swears by his Mantus:

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Old 10-07-2016, 06:43 PM   #158
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Smile Mantus Anchors

Thanks to everyone for their fast replies to a question that wasn't addressed online. We like to try to anchor close to bridges near Tampa Bay and when the tide is ripping, all we would do is drag the old anchor. I'm hoping that this is the answer.
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Old 10-07-2016, 07:59 PM   #159
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snook what kind of bottom is near the bridge?

Sounds like you're a fisherman.
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Are any of the bridges down there in security zones like they have made many in the Northeast?

Homeland security issues.....
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