We’re pleased that Mantus Anchors has agreed to join our Arctic expedition as a sponsor! As all sailors know, ground tackle is an essential piece of equipment, even if you’re just out for an afternoon picnic, and Mantus makes new-generation anchors with incredible holding power. We’ve wanted one of these sharp-nosed anchors ever since we saw a tractor test one out and stop dead, its wheels churning deep holes in the sand!
Most of the places Seth and I visit on our voyages don’t have docks or marinas, so we spend a lot of time ‘on the hook’. We like it better that way–we’re closer to the natural world, it’s quiet and private, and we essentially have a waterfront home everywhere! But it can also be nerve-wracking. What’s the bottom like and will our anchor dig into it? What if a gale kicks up? What if it’s super deep? Thankfully our anchors have mostly held, but a few times they haven’t. The most terrifying situation was the ‘land hurricane’ of 2012, which passed right over us when we were in the Chesapeake Bay.
Although we were in only 7 feet of water with 75 feet of chain out, our anchor couldn’t withstand the 80 knot winds and we ran hard aground, our stern pummeling the gravel. The other times have been much more minor: in a 40 knot gale on Cocos Keeling atoll, for example, we engaged the engine to take some pressure off the anchor instead of chancing it.
We’re heading to some pretty testing anchorages on this voyage up north: Alaskan anchorages are deep, rocky, and strewn with kelp; the Aleutians and Bering Sea are known to be windy; and the Arctic has few truly sheltered anchorages. So we’re thrilled to have Mantus anchors on board! These new-generation anchors don’t plow through the seabed like many traditional anchors nor pop out when it gets too windy like others. Its unique design digs into grass and hard bottoms as well as good holding ground like mud and has been proven to stay well put. See for yourself with Mantus Anchor’s videos! We’ll be carrying a primary anchor on the bow, a stern anchor ready to deploy in situations when it’s needed, and a storm anchor disassembled and stored in the lazarette. We’ll give a report on how they fare for us in different situations.
Visit www.mantusanchors.com to learn more about this new ground tackle!