FWIW, Mantus is based in the US (Texas) so availability isn't an issue. Their M1 gets good all-around performance scores in Steve's tests. If you prefer no roll bar, the M2 is very good too. I've owned both (previously an 85lb M1, now a 65lb M2) and have been very satisfied with Mantus, both their products and their customer service. They're currently running a 20% off Black Friday promotion on everything in their store through the 29th. Use coupon code "BFSM2021".I have been watching all Steves awesome videos and charts for some time and learned a lot but when I then go shopping online for anchor and chain and parts I still get confused. On my prior two (old, smaller) boats each came with a Bruce which worked pretty well when I used them, which wasn’t a lot, and mostly stopping for lunch in tame conditions, so I had no need to buy an anchor.
I think I want to get one of these Sarca Excels. It looks like I need a #4. I now have a 35’ Beneteau that came with a delta that I was told is 35lbs, but looks smallish, and it has 20’ of chain and 180’ of rope. I am not comfortable with this.
I was on a friend’s boat for 5 days that had an ultra and that was a revelation, worked really well, and the tests here look good. I thought I would get one but now I’d prefer not to spend that much money.
At this point I kind of want somebody or a vendor to work with that can just tell me what the hell to buy. Yes I am lazy, and have no business leaving the dock unless I can do every last goddamn thing independently, but I don’t want to get a phd in anchors and then still pick the wrong setup for myself and have it not work. Its just a one and done purchase because I plan to keep the boat a long time. Use case is coastal cruising in Maine.
Can anyone tell me a vendor who sells sarca excels in US? Haven’t found online. I need to also identify the optimal chain/rope setup, swivel, and whatever other parts I need here. Usually I figure these kinds of things out myself but in this case which should be straightforward I’m failing. View attachment 475367
The way things are these days, I feel compelled to mention that I have no financial affiliation with Mantus and haven't received anything from them for promotional purposes. Just a satisfied customer.