Anchoring & Mooring

We tested the 45-pound Manson Supreme anchor aboard Technical Editor Ralph Naranjo’s Ericson 41 (17,800 pounds displacement) at various locations around the Chesapeake Bay over the course of a year.

Manson vs. CQR Sea Trials

What does it take to convince a longtime CQR fan to swap anchors?

When the forecast turns bad, and it’s time to find shelter in a new cove or harbor, questions arise about the holding ground, swinging room, and the influence of tide, current, and surge. But there should be little question about the ground tackle and whether or not it’s up to the challenge at hand. It’s true that no anchor comes with a written guarantee to always set and hold, and there are conditions in which each may fail, but the more time one spends anchored out, the more overkill or ground tackle safety margin is warranted. During our acquisition of sea sense, we inevitably discover the range of conditions that our primary (working) anchor can handle, usually discovering its limitations the hard way.

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