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Old 10-09-2018, 08:56   #1
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I have selected three anchors a Spade, a Rocna , and Mantus. I am looking for your experience with those if any.
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All of them are very good new gen anchors. If they all fit on your bow, then each will serve you well. We are long time Spade users. Excellent anchor.
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This should be a fun thread. Have you considered a Manson Supreme?
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This should be a fun thread. Have you considered a Manson Supreme?


Not yet, we are in Newport RI for the boat show this week so we will inquire a bit more.
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I bought a Rocna 10KG for my Cape Dory 28. I am very impressed with it. It digs in no matter how I drop it down. I purposely just dropped it in heap the last time I anchored and then drifted back down with the current. When I snubbed the rode it dug right in. When the tide changed in the night and we swung around about 140 degrees I could detect no sign of dragging. I think I will get a second and lighter one for a secondary anchor.
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I own a Spade a80 and love it. Sets quickly and solidly.
The only other on your list that I've tried is rocna. Different boat, different location, so impossible to really compare. But I found it didn't set as well or as easy.
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Have only used a Rocna, but my view is that they are all pretty similar. I suggest choosing the biggest one that best fits your current roller/locker setup, and that you can reasonably manage with your roller/windlass under normal conditions.
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Iíve had two Rocnas. Started with a 20kg and upsized to a 25 for my 14 ton (loaded) 40í mono. Never had an issue with the smaller one, just upsized because in tha grand scheme of things, anchoring out @ 340 days a year, it was cheap.

Sets easily and reliably, holds well on short scope when necessary. The one reported weakness of the Rocna is an occasional failure to reset after a dramatic wind shift but I have never experienced that ever, even in difficult conditions, and suspect that every anchor is susceptible to that behavior on occasion.

Not saying itís better than the rest, just that it works and works well.

I also carry my old 45 lb. CQR and a Fortress FX-28. The Rocna is superior to both as a bower anchor.

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I have selected three anchors a Spade, a Rocna , and Mantus. I am looking for your experience with those if any.
Usually living on the hook and with a rocna 20Kg & spade 25Kg onboard - blindfolded doubt if I could tell the difference. Both excellent.
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Re: Anchor choices

I've used CQR's, Bruces, Danforths, Spade, Delta, Rocna, and Spade, respectively, as best bower anchors, over 30 years of cruising.


In my narrow, subjective experience, FWIW, the Spade (which I've used on two different boats, in two different sizes) is distinctly better than any of the others. The Rocna was much better than the Delta, and the Delta was much better than the others.


The Rocna I had was a 121 pound monster which held great, once it was set, but did not set nearly as easily as the Spade. It seemed to float in soft mud, where the Spade would sink in, and did not seem capable of cutting into difficult bottoms quite as aggressively as the Spade does. But YMMV -- just one data point.


I have heard a number of credible reports about really superior performance of the Mantus. I can't confirm, not having tried it, but worth checking out.
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Having inherited of a Bruce that came standard in 2000 with the new to me boat, I wanted to upgrade to a more reliable model. I could not get the rocna or mantus type as the upper round bar that makes them special was not compatible with the bowsprit as it is too close. I made all measurements of the room available in the 3 dimensions carefully and ended up with a spade. Excellent choice so far, but thatís my short experience. Effectiveness, ease of use/manipulation and fit at the right place all come into play IMO
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I have a 48 ft. Offshore. It came with a Bruce. I tried a Rocna but it would not fit properly. I eventually chose the Vulcan, made by Rocna. I have used it for a year, and it has never failed me. Fits just fine as well.
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My humble opinion after research. spade is about as good as they come. PRicey.
the Rocna Vulcan is second and also very good. Then the standard Rocna.
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I have a 48 ft. Offshore. It came with a Bruce. I tried a Rocna but it would not fit properly. I eventually chose the Vulcan, made by Rocna. I have used it for a year, and it has never failed me. Fits just fine as well.


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