Features December 2008 Issue

Practical Sailor’s Heavyweight Anchors Test 2008

Manson Anchors and Rocna hooks face real-world testing in a range of difficult conditions in Southern Chile—from kelp-filled anchorages to glacier-carved rock-bottom coves.

In a followup to the November 2008 shoreside testing of three large cruising anchors, this field report offers a glimpse of how the Manson Supreme, Manson Ray, and Rocna anchors perform in the real world. The test products, two roll-bar anchors (Rocna and Supreme) and one Bruce-style anchor (the Ray), are all acceptable as main cruising anchors. They are all good, but with distinctive strengths and weaknesses, so we tried them out, anchoring in dense kelp, soft mud, and hard rock bottoms, as well as in anchorages where short scope was required.

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