We have just completed a 6 & 1/2 year circumnavigation and are now thinking about our refit for our much travelled "Innocenti". In reviewing the status of our inventory we realised that one significant piece of equipment - our Manson Plough - has served us far better than we ever imagined.
We purchased a 45lb Manson Plough in 1992 to compliment our 100 metres of 8mm high tensile chain. At that time our understanding was that this combination would be more than adequate for most anchoring requirements but we fully anticipated there being anchoring conditions which would require a different anchor. Our secondary anchors have been a 40lb Danforth and a 35lb 'no name' plough type.
In the 6 & 1/2 years we have travelled more than 45,000 miles, visited 26 countries and have anchored at least 1000 times. We have yet to use any other anchor than our Manson Plough. It has been totally reliable in thin coral sands, in mud and in the treacherous grasses of the Mediterranean. Most of our cruising mates changed their anchoring tackle after disasterous anchoring experiences in the Med. Many were using locally made anchors. We never needed to consider a new option.
The Manson also coped well in areas with strong tidal flow, such as the amazon with it's 7 knot current.
We have had the chain re-galvanised twice in the course of our travels but the anchor is only just requiring attention.
Thanks to you folks at Manson for an anchor that has truly passed the test of time... and distance.
Graham McKenzie and Ellie Glazer
New Zealand SV "Innocenti" 44ft Mummery