I posted this on Sailfar, but thought you might like to take a look at it here also....
The 'new generation' anchors are great, but have done nothing to quell the long standing debate over which one is best.... here are CF, we have discussed this many times and listened as the 'reps' did their best to cast doubt on the other day....
The truth is anchoring has more to do with proper seamanship
then the bit of metal at the end of the rode
I bought my Manson Supreme
in 2006 (IIRC) and have had outstanding service
from it.... it has never dragged.... even through a hurricane
When I bought my Manson, I also looked at the Rocna
. Both were then made in New Zealand
and were very similar in appearance. I do not doubt that either would have been a good choice (at the time) but the Rocna
was more expensive.... and the Manson had Lloyds certification
so I went with the Manson Supreme.....
Over the years, I have followed the discussion and frankly some of the marketing
was ugly... it was more mud slinging then fact, and Rocna seemed to be the most active in the slinging... I grew less and less pleased with the marketing
A while back Rocna moved their production to China
, I was skeptical (I know China has produced many questionable products
, and would not recommend using Chinese steel
in such an important component as my ground tackle.
Some photos surfaced of rusty Rocnas (with apparent galvanization issues) and others of Rocna's with bent shanks (after Rocna reps slammed Manson for much less significant bending).
A third party (excellent poster known as Main Sail) challenged Rocna to test their anchor
;s construction... the declined to participate so an off the shelf Rocna was tested against an off the shelf Manson Supreme and....
Well Manson just paid for some independent testing, to see if Rocna could live up to their claims of being superior.
The tests results are here.
The Manson Challenge To Rocna
"If you would please bring down your anchor, we can test it on our calibrated and certified test jig. We have tested it against ours. We have videoed those tests. However in the interests of posting something that you will not say is made up, I welcome you to come here and we will video your face as we do the tests so the readers can see what eating your words after years of misinformation looks like.
Put up or shut up Craig. Any time you would like to test your anchor we are here. Any time."
Last edited by Maine Sail; 3 Weeks Ago at 09:50 AM.
I have long not been a fan of Rocna, but would absolutely not feel comfortable recommending one based on the this and the discussion else where... I will not post the link but if you google
"Manson vs Rocna Test anything sailing". (warning, 17 pages long!)
You can find it.
For those with old (pre-china) Rocna's you are probably ok... but I would not buy one of the Chinese ones now. (one Sailors opinion)