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     We have FINALLY found an anchor we trust completely for our Tiki 46.  We decided to go for an anchor that would hold whatever the situation and we found the Monson Supreme does that.  Probably we went too heavy, but we are glad to have the 80 pounder and all chain and no worries.  It goes down, holds first try, stays put, and the shank goes all the way under each time (muddy when lifted) but the head of the anchor cleans off easily if dragged slowly through the water.  It's a big brute of an anchor and we like it a whole lot.

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Sometimes it is nice to know exactly what you have purchased for your boat.  Sometimes it is impossible even if you know the name and the model number to know...   A friend sent me an article about the Rochna anchor which is similar to the Monson Supreme in that it has a roll bar and an extended point.  Seems that the Rochna anchor was sometimes made with an inferior type of metal and there is no way for the owner to know if the Rochna anchor they bought is the right metal or the inferior metal.  Seems unfair to me. 

 

The Monson anchor has a slot that runs the full length of the shank and it has a diamond shaped "nose" or tip that cuts in to the grass or the slime or mud or even hard surfaces.  And the Monson Supreme has a roll bar too.

 

We have been cruising in our boat for over 45,000 miles now and sometimes we have found some pretty rough water in our anchorages.  Sometimes strong winds like 50 knots and rather large anchorages.  Sometimes higher winds too.  It is nice to have a large anchor then and plenty of chain behind it.  It is nice being able to rely on such equipment in those conditions.

sounds a great bit of kit so I looked them up, take it this is what you mean;About the Manson Supreme Anchor

Hi Ann.  what size chain are you using?  Still using the Ideal windlass with that big anchor?

mike

Well sirfbus1964 has sent that interesting article re the Manson Supreme.  Folks should read that article for themselves (above in sirfbus's note)  I guess there is lots to think about.  What I can tell you is that ours is holding first time every time and never dragging so far on this trip anchoring nightly from Rhode Island to the Georgia /South Carolina border. 

Mike, the chain we use is 5/16 high tensile and we like 200 feet of it backed by 300 feet of nylon that has so far never been used.  Life is simpler for us old folks with chain and the push button on the Ideal windlass.  the Ideal seems happy with the big anchor.  We sure are.

Sounds like politics to me...The Sailing Anarchy forums had this debate months ago, with literally the opposite conclusions. Two aggressive companies going head to head in close competition, it appears.

Thanks Kim,   We have heard catty remarks about both anchors and I suspect you hit the nail on the head there.  At least I can say, our anchor works and we are glad to have it.  Have not seen any problems so far.  Everybody with Rocna or Monson anchors please report any good or bad experiences.  There are enough of us on this site to really have a good sampling if we get involved. 

Is anyone using one of these on a Tiki 26?  Best size?  Storage?

I use a 30 kilo Buhgle  (German design) 9mm chain without Anchor Buddy catanay on my Tiki 38 (Tapasya) which has held in mud at +105 Knots (confirmed) HOWEVER, this failed me in Bay of Islands by NOT setting deep enough in Sea Grass. After dragging at 0300hrs in wind and rain (of course) I had to cut it away (Being intimate with Steel yacht) I then motored boat onto beach (sand) then dropped over 25 kilo Manson supreme. When trying to break it out next Morning, I had tied a line to roll bar, with thought of tripping it. No such luck. I had to get off and physically break it out ( in .5  metre of water, Tapasya draws 1.2 Metres ) That puppy sure did bite. I went and purchased a 15 kilo Supreme for my Kedge. Very happy. As I have now purchased a 37 ft Mono, ( moment of MADNESS, feel free to abuse/amuse me) I will be putting on the Bugle for Main Mud anchor, and doing same with Manson Supremes as #2 and Kedge, Cheers Wayne

On my 28" Tane I cruised from New England to Bermuda to the Virgins and back with two small yachtsman anchors plus 10' of chain and nylon line.  The anchors never failed regardless of the bottom type.  For me they were a guarantee.

I have a Mantus 13lb on my Tiki 21 and it sets instantly and holds like a rock every time



Mike Haromy said:

Hi Ann.  what size chain are you using?  Still using the Ideal windlass with that big anchor?

mike

Hi Mike,  Somehow I did not see your question re our anchor chain.  We use high test grade 40,  5/16 anchor chain about 200 feet on both anchors.  Ann



Dana Hayden said:

On my 28" Tane I cruised from New England to Bermuda to the Virgins and back with two small yachtsman anchors plus 10' of chain and nylon line.  The anchors never failed regardless of the bottom type.  For me they were a guarantee.

Hi Dana,  That's a lot of fine traveling in a small boat.  Congratulations!  

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