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Old 03-03-2015, 02:41 PM
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I own a 33ft Bertram (roughly 22,000 pounds) and I'm currently in the market to purchase an anchor. Can anyone please advise as to what size (in pounds) and style would be recommended? The boat is located in the Keys so its a mix between sand/mud, rock and hard bottom. Thanks in advance!
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Mantus anchors

they are by far the best anchor on the market.
goto there website and they have a chart for sizing.

also go on youtube and type in mantus anchor testing, they do a side by side test of several largre name anchors on the market

Mantus anchors are simply amazing !!!!!!
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I'm a big fan of fortress. Light but strong!
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Originally Posted by gofish_27944 View Post
I'm a big fan of fortress. Light but strong!
ive owned a couple fortress anchors and thats what my last anchor was,
but after watching how quick my buddies Mantus anchor hooked up, i bought one the next week.

the Mantus anchor hooks up instant PERIOD !!!!!
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Fortress for a lunch hook and a good Bruce for night time. Plow will rip up the coral.
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Fortress won't work particularly well in the Keys. Too much hard bottom. However, it is great here in Tampa where it is all sand.
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Thanks for all the advice guys! Looks like I'll look into the Mantus!
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I like the Mantus style too - mine is a Rocna though - this style does set super quick, also worth looking at Manson as another version of the same design - Manson Supreme and Rocna Fisherman also have a tripping slot which is a nice feature.
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I have the Manson Supreme hook every time no problem.
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Lots of advice above from people who say "this anchor is best," but may not have much experience anchoring in the Keys, where in many areas the sand is very loose - kind of a "loam" type of sand. The Bruce anchor does well in those conditions. And of course one of the secrets in anchoring anyplace is to have a long heavy chain - with your Bertram, 20 ft of 5/16 or 3/8 should work.
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Originally Posted by First Light View Post
Lots of advice above from people who say "this anchor is best," but may not have much experience anchoring in the Keys, where in many areas the sand is very loose - kind of a "loam" type of sand. The Bruce anchor does well in those conditions. And of course one of the secrets in anchoring anyplace is to have a long heavy chain - with your Bertram, 20 ft of 5/16 or 3/8 should work.
Good advice here, the bottom conditions you normally anchor in are key. I laugh every time I see a danforth/fortress test in sandy bottom beating everything else. Use one in gravel and get a rock stuck in between fluke and shank and you're done when it rolls over. The plow type works well for grassy bottoms and the bruce type works well in rocky, muddy bottom in my experience.
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Some sort of plow for the soft bottom...I have a Rocna...the Mantus looks nearly exactly the same.

On hard bottom, I've never had a better anchor than one of these:




I can't seem to find one to buy outside of Australia...I've had a local welder make some up for me in Marathon. Very lightweight and easy to store too. Shouldn't weigh more than 15-20lbs for your boat.
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It depends on the bottom composition and how you are using your anchor. I have a boat around the same size and use the Fortress FX-37. I did a lot of research before I bought this one and it was extremely well received. I have a smaller one as a stern anchor when needed. I'm boating on Lake of the Ozarks which has everything on the bottom from mud to rocks to old boat docks and have never had an issue. It is stronger than it looks and has never bent even though I've pulled it hard!
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I used to have a cheap danforth. It would have problems all the time. Bought a Manson Supreme and have had instant strong hookups. Like night and day. 5 times the cost but 100 percent satisfaction. The mantus and rocna anchors are probably also excellent.
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Get a good grapnel anchor and don't forget to invite your buddies fishing probably best price down in cudjoe fishermans supply. Keep a second style anchor for soft sand.
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Yep, love the grapnel idea just didn't want to carry 2 anchors! Those mantus appear to hook up pretty instantly on your tube videos!
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For me the trickiest bottom for anchoring in the Keys is the mud/grass mix. It tends to tear out in divots that will foul an anchor. I dragged 3 miles in the Marquessas one night when this happened with a Fortress(fx7 on a 22' boat). I'm now using a Manson Supreme with good luck but the sight of that hoop on the pulpit is annoying/obstructing and I wonder if the hoop might likewise foul. Has anybody tried the Manson Boss?
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Yeah I agree about the hoop. Not even sure if it would fit or hit my bow pulpit.
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a bruce anchor does pretty well in sand and mud, even with some hard coral and rocks mixed in. the bruce is good at resetting itself when the boat turns on anchor. I would say a 33 lb bruce should do well for your boat
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The hoop on the Manson, Rocna, Mantus type is key to its quick setting on a variety of bottoms (I find mine holds OK even on rocky ground - as posted above, the important part of any anchor working properly is the chain - I've always gone by the rule of a minium of a boat length of chain). If you have the type of pulpit where the roller is on the end, it won't foul nor does it really hamper vision any more than bow rails anything else minor in your line of sight. If your pulpit is the type with a slot for the shank to pass through, then yes, it would be worth taking some measurements before ordering one.

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