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Rocna Anhors

I am planning to purchase a new anchor and was favoring a Rocna having read several positive reviews but I've recently seen some chatter regarding poor quality materials and workmanship (see Sep. 2011 issue of Practical Sailor).

Does anyone have first hand experience with these anchors?

Any opinions?

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Nobody has mentioned Rocna for a while.
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Does anyone have first hand experience with these anchors?

Any opinions?

Regards,
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Well, I have only a bit of experience and no real storms. I recently got one and used it to anchor in Moosehead Lake in Maine. I was in a long cove where they did a lot of logging back when they floated the logs out. These were small short logs, pulp sized, and the bottom was literally buried with them. Perhaps they accumulated over time, but I had the impression the market collapsed and a full raft of them was left in place, where they eventually sank. On shore ledge and on one bit of ledge poking out of the water in mid cove there were huge iron rings where they chained up the booms holding the raft.

My danforth was an absolute joke in these conditions, the rocna was better but not great, nothing could be great.

Here in Maine it's common to have a rock bottom. I got the rocna because it's single point has a much better chance to hook into a crevice than many other designs. I realize it could jam, but I'd rather lose my anchor and rode than my boat with me in it. I tied a shorter line with a float to the back of the anchor to retrieve it if stuck. I used 10 to 1 scope, with 20 ft of heavy chain.

I do like danforth types in a sand or sandy mud bottom.

I think there is a whole thread on them here somewhere.
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Curious as to why you would not consider the Manson Supreme? It's similar to the Rocna in design and performance and doesn't have the same material quality control questions. It's also about $100 less expensive through most distributors.

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Ditto.....like Darth said.
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Curious as to why you would not consider the Manson Supreme? It's similar to the Rocna in design and performance and doesn't have the same material quality control questions. It's also about $100 less expensive through most distributors.

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I own a Canada built Rocna and it is a tremendous anchor, meaning it it well built and a great design. That being said I would not recommend my worst enemy buy a current Chinese made Rocna. The design is still great but the steel has been downgraded and the company is one of the most dishonest companies out there IMHO. This is SAFETY equipment. Do yourself a favor and buy a Manson Supreme.

I also own a Manson Supreme and it has performed just as well as the Rocna has only it is better built.
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Hey - one thing I never quite got clear...

Was the strength of the China steel in the current Rocna lower than the current Manson Supreme?
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Hey - one thing I never quite got clear...

Was the strength of the China steel in the current Rocna lower than the current Manson Supreme?

Yes!!! And that should be IS not WAS...
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Hey - one thing I never quite got clear...

Was the strength of the China steel in the current Rocna lower than the current Manson Supreme?
There has never been one made in china that even remotely comes near the specs of the supreme and that goes back to 2008.

Canadian and NZ ones, yes they were of equal strength.

The current ones are, as told by the CEO, "fit for use" and the steel strength is now claimed as "confidential".
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