Mantus Upgrades Hook Latch


When we reviewed the Mantus Chain Hook (see PS December 2013), we found a lot to like, but testers criticized the hooks tendency to come off the chain in some conditions, particularly when the chain was lying on the bottom in calm conditions. Mantus went back to the drawing board with the hook, and provided us with their newly designed injection molded latch retrofit to test.

A simple bit of engineered plastic, the new latch is easily snapped into place with the thumb and retracted just as easily, retaining the hooks simple one-hand action we liked. Weve tested it though 1,000 cycles (our thumbs are tired) and saw little wear. We also tried it out during many dozens of anchoring cycles over eight months, purposely letting it rest on all sorts of sea bottoms. Not a single time did the hook come undone as it had before the retrofit. We like the new latch, and now can recommend the hook.

The new latch is included with all current Mantus Chain Hooks, and the company will supply the plastic latch to all previous purchasers at no cost.

For more information, contact Mantus Anchors at or 855/262-6887.

Darrell Nicholson, editor of Practical Sailor, grew up boating on Miami’s Biscayne Bay on everything from prams to Morgan ketches. Two years out of Emory University, after a brief stint as a sportswriter, he set out from Miami aboard a 60-year-old wooden William Atkin ketch named Tosca. For 10 years, he and writer-photographer Theresa Gibbons explored the Caribbean, crossed the Pacific, and cruised Southeast Asia aboard Tosca, working along the way as journalists and documenting their adventures for various travel and sailing publications, including Cruising World, Sail, Sailing, Cruising Helmsman, and Sailing World. Upon his return to land life, Darrell became the associate editor, then senior editor at Cruising World magazine, where he worked for five years. Before taking on the editor’s position at Practical Sailor, Darrell was the editor of Offshore magazine, a boating-lifestyle magazine serving the New England area. Darrell has won multiple awards from Boating Writer’s International, including the Monk Farnham award for editorial excellence. He holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100-ton Master license and has worked as a harbor pilot and skippered a variety of commercial charter boats.


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