About Manson Anchors

For nearly 50 years, Manson Anchors has been producing some of the most reliable, innovative, and safest anchors on the market. Our team of New Zealand-based marine engineers and fabricators, design and develop anchors to withstand the harshest boating conditions across the globe. From superyachts to pleasure craft, our anchors are considered some of the best and safest in the world.

The Early Days

Manson Anchors is one of those untold kiwi success stories. Founded by seasoned offshore sailor Kerry Mair in 1972, it is a story of someone who took their passion, expertise and drive and created a world-class business.

Prior to establishing the company, the mad-keen sailor worked as a foreman at mechanical engineering firm A&G Price where he was responsible for a team of 300 staff and harboured an extensive engineering background.

Fed-up with unreliable imported anchor products, he decided to build his own anchor and built the very first Manson Plough anchor for his own boat, a Cavalier 39. The success of this venture gave him the drive to set up Manson Anchors and his core focus became establishing a business that built better anchors for Kiwi boaties than the imported ones.

By 1985, Manson was New Zealand's largest anchor manufacturer and began exports to Australia and the Pacific Rim. In 1990, the Manson Plough became recognised as the most popular anchor in Australasia and has since grown in reputation to know be respected as a true 'World-class Anchor'. In 2003, the Manson Supreme was launched, immediately winning global anchor competitions, and establishing itself as a global leader.

The Next Generation

After a very successful career, Kerry handed over the reins to his son Steve, and headed off to sail the Pacific aboard a self-built 50-foot Denis Ganley with his wife Jan.

The company has since conquered Australian markets and taken on the world. Manson Anchors supplies chandleries around the world with the full powerboat and sailing yacht anchor range and manufactures custom-made anchors for superyachts.



The Manson Difference

Manson Anchors is dedicated solely to the building of recreational, commercial and superyacht anchoring products. That’s what we do, and we do it to the very highest of standards. 

  • We specify all raw materials to be of the highest available quality as we realise using cheaper alternatives could cost lives.

  • All our anchors are made on site at the Manson Anchor factory in New Zealand. 

  • We have a custom-built fabrication facility and we continually refine our processes to create optimal anchor manufacturing techniques.

  • We have in-house pressing equipment to enable more rapid production of our stainless product.

  • No matter what size, we take testing seriously and our testing facilities allow the testing (to approval societies) of up to 4,500kg (10,000lbs) sized anchors.

  • Our assembly techniques exceed all certification companies, and subsequently all Manson anchors are given a lifetime warranty against breakage under normal use.

  • Our Lloyd's Register (LR) Certification means our welders are LR ticketed ensuring your anchor is made by highly skilled craftsmen.

  • We have our own strict quality control procedures.

Custom Design

We have an in-house design team so if you require a bespoke anchor build or design changes to a stock product, we can help. Using the latest in CAD and 3D modelling technology, we can make subtle variations to our anchor range to enable precise fitting and aesthetics that really compliment your vessel. From securing pins to vessel monograms, there are many options to suit your individual requirements.

Made in New Zealand

Manson Anchors are made in New Zealand. New Zealand is a small country known for a long heritage of America’s Cup sailing, sheep, and hobbits.  So, what does making the positive choice of buying an anchor made in New Zealand really mean? 


So many other anchor brands are made cheaply in developing countries and this has a major effect on the environment. New Zealand has strict standards on manufacturing anchors in order to protect the environment as well as your boat and your family.


  • Buying a New Zealand made anchor means you are making a positive impact on the environment, and with pollution in seas (and land) reaching all-time highs this is a bold statement to make with your purchasing dollar.
  • Buying a New Zealand made anchor means all waste material is recycled in the anchor manufacturing process
  • Buying a New Zealand made anchor means there is no hazardous dumping of waste into the environment.
  • Buying a New Zealand made anchor means workers are not being exploited during the manufacturing of your anchor
  • Buying a New Zealand made anchor means it has been tested in some of the world’s harshest seas to ensure wherever you go you’ll be safe at anchor
  • Buying a New Zealand made anchor means you, your family and your boat are in safe hands 

Manson Anchors is the only anchor range made in New Zealand. Choose to make a positive difference to the environment by choosing a New Zealand made anchor

Quality Assurance

Manson boasts Lloyd’s Register Type Approval on the Supreme, Ray, Plough, Kedge, Ultimus, Submarine, Hulk and Hiding anchor ranges. 

Having type approval from a class society (LR) is the only independent way to ensure anchors are built to minimum standards and meet minimum requirements. This approval is literally lifesaving, and gives our customers huge peace of mind and confidence in our product.

Type Approval

Type Approval means the material used to build the anchors has been supplied with certificates proving it is supplied from approved Lloyd’s Register certified steel mills. It also means the welders that fabricate the product are all individually Lloyd’s Register certified, and undergo yearly inspections and testing on their welds. The Manson welding procedure has been scrutinised by the Naval Architects at Lloyd’s Register EMEA.

Manson can manufacture both stainless steel and galvanised anchors to all major classification details.

Class Certification

The classification classes we can build to are:

  • LR - Lloyd’s Register
  • GL - Germanischer Lloyd
  • ABS - American Bureau of Shipping 
  • DNV - Det Norske Veritas 
  • RINA 
  • BV- Bureau Veritas

Looking for certification?

To have anchors individually certified to one of the Class Societies there are procedures to follow and costs involved so please alert your distributor/Manson contact at the earliest possible time. To enquire further on certification requirements for Survey and insurance purposes please contact the head office.